1937 First Women

Zahiyah Maksad Salman: A child welfare and women’s rights advocate

Zahiyah Maksad Salman was an advocate of child welfare in Lebanon. Her activism led to “the establishment of day care centres across Lebanon as early as 1937.”1 Additionally, she was the founding president of the National Committee for Child’s Day. 2 She was one of the founders of the General Arab Women’s Union in 1944-1945. In 1972, she ran for Parliament as part of a group of women nominated by the Lebanese Women’s council, yet she withdrew before the elections. 3