Recognizing Female Egtptian

Student Status



This thesis project, titled “Recognizing Female Egyptian Pioneers Through Postage Stamps” highlights nine of many women, who have ascended into the Pioneers Generation in the early 1900’s, defying the social norms that belonged to Egyptian communities then. By recognizing their achievements through postage stamps, this project pays a tribute to them and gives some of them the recognition that they should have received, especially during a time that postage stamp design was used as a mass medium to send such messages. After carrying out research to understand stamp design as a medium, it was concluded that postage stamps are increasingly belonging to the collectibles category, with a market that is gradually expanding, rather than fulfilling its initial function, which was to pre-pay for post. Upon looking back at archives of Egyptian postage stamp designs, it was noticeable that the tributes paid to the male icons heavily outnumbered the female ones. Thus, the aim of this project was to educate Egyptians about the historical figures of their country, that they may lack knowledge about, as well as reviving a medium that has been relatively distant from the more recent generations, and to help them develop appreciation for stamps and for these women.


Arts Department

First Advisor

Ahmad Saqfalhait

Second Advisor

Bahia Shehab

Third Advisor

Ghalia Elsrakbi

Committee Member 1

Bassem Yousri

Committee Member 2

Engy Aly

Committee Member 3

Mahamad Khalil



Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval

Not necessary for this item


This project is part of “ Zoom in Keda- Fourth Graduating Class of Graphic Design Students-The American University in Cairo – Class 2018-2019” catalog. Several global cities have acquired an international rep¬utation as design education hubs by acknowledging the importance of education planning and early learning ex¬periences through providing a structured career path and aligning design skills with the economy’s various needs. Our 8 years old Graphic Design program at the Ameri¬can University in Cairo aims to follow the same strategy, mentoring students on how to channel their creativity and knowledge into reshaping their communities, leaving a positive imprint on their society. Four design segments have been commonly defined in the MENA region’s design sector; namely: Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, and Industrial/Product Design. The title for the fourth design seniors show was “Zoom in Keda “. As with the previous 3 exhibitions, the title builds on the graphic design language in Egyptian vernacular cul¬ture. “Zoom in Keda” is a commonly used phrase in the de¬sign field, told when one wishes to examine the micro de¬tails of a design on screen. The exhibition was held at the AUC Sharjah Art Gallery on December 2nd, 2018, where bachelor projects completed by the fourth graduating class of Graphic Design students were displayed.


This record describes an artistic or creative work which was prepared as part of a course of study at the American University of Cairo. The creators retain all rights to the original artistic or creative works described herein.

Publication Date

Fall 12-2-2018

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