National Geographic : 1972 May
Covered face and curtained booth tell the past and present of women's rights as a shrouded figure shows her voting credentials in the suburb of El Harraniya. Officials take a quick look at another voter's face (background) for identification. Women gained the vote in 1956, but the veil recalls their centuries of seclusion from public life. Veils have all but disappeared in the city. Co-eds like these students in an English class (below) make up a fourth of the enrollment in Cairo's universities.