Chesler Chronicles

The Steady Erosion of Women's Rights in Egypt: A Photographic Story

These photos, sent by my good friend Tareq Heggy, speak volumes about the politicization of the Islamic Veil. In the 1950s, Cairo University graduates were not veiled. By the twenty first century, the veiling of educated women was fully underway.

Class of 1959:

Class of 1978:

Class of 1995:

Class of 2004: