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Egyptian Woman Worked 40 Years as Man to Support Family

Nicole Hensley | N.Y. Daily News   in  ·
March 19, 2015

An Egyptian widow disguised herself as a man for more than 40 years to work odd jobs and support her daughter, local reports said.

Luxor government officials honored Sisa Abu Daooh, 64, on Tuesday for being an “ideal mother” by donning men’s clothing to polish shoes, according to Al Arabiya Net.

Abu Daooh came forward with her story for Egyptian television networks last year.

While pregnant with her daughter, Houda, her husband died. She then wore a turban in place of her traditional hijab to find work without being a target by men as a working woman. She preferred it to begging on the streets.

Her income supported her daughter and eventually her grandchildren.

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