Benazir Bhutto’s Most Significant Contributions
“Throughout life, people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, because hate in your heart will consume you too.” – Will Smith. Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan, worked almost all of her life to make a change not only for her own good, but for her people, and most importantly, gave those people hope: hope to become a whole as a country. By applying her knowledge of the power of people, she influenced everyone around the world, especially women, to never give up, and to realize the freedom, rights and voice in the society that they deserve, by guarding her political father’s legacy, being the first woman leader of Pakistan in modern times, and overturning a military dictatorship. It all started with Benazir attending colleges in America and the U.K. After she left her homeland, Karachi, Pakistan, at sixteen, she continued her education at Radcliffe College of Harvard and Oxford University. She was elected president of Oxford Union in December 1976, making her the first Asian woman to head a debating society (“Benazir Bhutto, Encyclopedia of World Biography”). Attending these schools outside of her homeland made her realize the power of the people, which she never knew existed. In America, she experienced people criticizing their own president, which was really surprising to her, because in Pakistan, people couldn’t criticize their own president or they’d be thrown in prison right away. This made Benazir determined to go back home and give her people the freedom and choices that they deserve; the individual dignity she saw American people have (“Benazir Bhutto, BBC World Service”). After her father’s execution in 1979 and her return to Pakistan, Benazir was encouraged by friends, family, and the citizens of Pakistan to take on her father’s legacy and lead his party, the PPP (Pakistan People’s Party) (“Bhutto, Benazir, Britannica Concise...
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