In January 1893, the editor of al-Fatāt (The Young Lady), the first Arab women’s journal, reported the exciting news that one of the journal’s contributors had been nominated to a women’s advisory committee for the upcoming World’s Columbian Exposition:

From Beirut we just received a copy of a letter sent by the women’s congress for the Chicago Exposition2 . . . to our distinguished friend the esteemed writer, Miss Esther Azharī, holder of an academic degree, who has been nominated as a member of the aforementioned congress.