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19 Pioneering Kenyan women that you should know [….. They fought HARD to BREAK the BARRIERS]

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#13:. Justice Kalpana Rawal

Kalpana Rawal is not a new name in the justice corridors. She worked as a teacher of both administration and regular police at Lower Kabete before working her way up to lawyer and judge at the supreme court of Kenya. In June 2013, she was appointed as deputy chief justice of Kenya at a ceremony that was presided over by the president and the chief Justice of Kenya. Kalpana was the first woman to set up her private practice in Kenya. She has recently fought and won appeal against an application by Judicial Service Commission of Kenya to have her retire at the age of 70 years.


#14:. Susan Sirma

Sirma is a retired middle distance runner who won a bronze medal over 3000ms in 1991 World Championships making her the first black woman to win a track and field level at Olympic level. She also won the 1500 meters and she is believed to have paved the way for other women including the likes of Edna Kiplagat, Mary Keitary, and Prisca Jeptoo among others.


#15:. Elizabeth Nyaruai

One of the things many pupils look forward to is joining the Scouts’ movement. An even better experience in going to visit his cottage (PAXTU) that has since become a museum and shelters various objects that pertains to the Scout movement. Nyaruai is one of the few people who can attest to have met Powell as one of the first Kenyan women to join the Scouts movement. Nyaruai was also Kenya’s first female officer.


#16:. Mary Orie Rogo Manduli

Known for her famous headgear, Manduli was the first black woman in Kenya to complete in the world circuit rally. She was also crowned miss Kenya at the young age of 16. Manduli is known to speak her mind and this has enabled her to get further in life including being the first woman to head the Kenyan Non-Government Council (NGO Council). She admits that her signature head gear started out as an act of rebellion but has morphed into her brand. She admits that she gets her inspiration to dress up from the environment.

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