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

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#17:. Phoebe Asiyo

Honourable Asiyo is credited as one of the few women to ascend to leadership and standing against KANU. She is also the first woman to be elevated to elder in all the 42 tribes of Kenya, an honour that is usually given to the men. Asiyo is the first woman to head the women’s prison and during her time, the first woman to serve two-five year times as MP of Karachuonyo. This record was later broken by Charity Ngilu, Martha Karua and Beth Mugo who all served as MPs.


#18:. Prof. Julia Auma Ojiambo

The history of how women overcame various odds to make a name for themselves cannot be written without mentioning, politics veteran Prof.Julia Ojiambo. She was the first female MP from the then western province, after winning the Funyuna seat in 1974. In 1980 she successfully negotiated the establishment of the Kenyan Institute of Special Education, KISE with the support of the Danish Government. She is also been credited as having developed a protein biscuit that helped treat Kwashiorkor in the whole of East Africa.


#19:. Koki Mutungi Irene

Koki is a high flying woman, figuratively and literally. She is the first female African to fly the Dreamliner. Irene has flown for over 19 years with KQ and was the first female pilot at KQ for about 6years. She is also the first female pilot at KQ to captain Boeing 767.
These women and many more who continue to make history are proof that there is no limitation to the heights any woman can get to. One just needs to put in the work and remember why you began the journey in the first place. A tough skin will also work but the key is to be firm but not difficult.

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