Saijida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi’s ill-fated suicide bombing attempt proves that even in a fundamentalist Islamic organization like al-Qaeda, women are no longer confined to the traditional role of domestic provider. Rather, feminism is slowly but surely taking root, even if there is resistence to progress, and currently an apparent gender disparity in technical skills with explosives. The coveted occupation of suicide bomber may still be male dominated, but it is clearly no longer exclusively male, even in the most reactionary Muslim communities.
The glass ceiling is just exploding!