“We gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face. We must do that which we think we cannot.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Nida Kamal was born in Mumbai, India. Her mother is a General Practitioner in Mumbai while her father is a businessman in the field of selling pharma-mechanical machines. Nida left Mumbai to pursue a Division One tennis career at Winthrop University in South Carolina, USA. After one year she transferred to Stephen F. Austin University in Texas, where she remains. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in International Business with a minor in political science.
Growing up as a Muslim woman in India, Nida faced a lot of adversity than growing up as the opposite sex. Often people looked down upon women and never gave women equal rights. The Indian society considers women’s place to be at home and raise a family. They expect women to be submissive and listen to the opposite sex in almost everything. She was often told by her male classmates that she should drop out from school because what was the point of education if the “only” purpose of women was to get married and raise a family?
From being told to stop education, she has come a long way in the USA to study. She believes that every woman has the right to turn around the negative to positive. Her experiences of traveling around the world for tennis and the drastic cultural change from leaving home has resulted in her meeting many people from all corners of the globe. As a result, Nida has developed an eloquence in interacting with people from different cultures and backgrounds. Meeting so many different people gave her the ability to come into contact with many great and true people. One of them is a Swedish teammate from Winthrop by the name of Peggy Rooke. Peggy gave plenty of honest and sincere friendship to Nida over the year she spent at Winthrop. Among of the many topics spoken, three resonated most with Nida: sexism, feminism, and equal rights. As Nida began to read and explore the issues of sexism, feminism and equal rights she developed her thoughts and philosophies on the matter.
As a result of reading and experiencing the injustices that occur towards women, she wanted to do her part in helping propel women forward to true equality. This burning desire to do good for the world, help all people and advocate for tolerance helped her decide her career. Nida upon graduation wishes to work with the United Nations as a field worker. Along with working for the United Nations, she hopes to write a book aimed to empower girls of all ages, nationalities, and religions. In this position, she believes that she could make a lasting impact for the defenseless, disenfranchised and disadvantaged.