Huda Sha'rawi was an Egyptian feminist and nationalist, considered the founder of the women's movement in Egypt. Sha'rawi was born on June 23, 1879, into a prosperous family in the Egyptian city of Al-Minya. She was brought up in Cairo. Her father, Muhammad Sultan Pasha, was a land owner active in national politics. He held various government posts and was a member of the Chamber of Delegates in 1876.