Arshad Begum Ajeeb

Edited by Wahida Shaffi

in Our stories, our lives

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424105
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302889 | DOI:
Arshad Begum Ajeeb

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This chapter presents the story of Arshad Begum Ajeeb, the first-ever Asian Lady Mayoress in Great Britain. Arshad at first believed that she would not be Lady Mayoress if her husband got elected. They were the second-most-photographed people in the country – second to Lady Diana. Obviously, her husband was not just the Lord Mayor for Asians; he was Lord Mayor for everybody. Arshad remembers that, in her role as Lady Mayoress, one of her first duties was to open a fair. A year was more than enough though. Some days, they had to attend four or five functions. They enlisted a woman who would come and stay with the children if Arshad and her husband had to attend an evening function.

Keywords: Arshad Begum Ajeeb; Asian Lady Mayoress; Great Britain; Lord Mayor; English

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Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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