Gone are the days when women’s’ role in the society was to fetch water, cook and take care of the husband. The society is gradually accepting the fact that woman can become anything and do anything that men can.

Just yesterday, President Uhuru Kenyata promoted Col Fatumah Ahmed to the rank of Brigadier, becoming the first Kenyan female to hold such a high rank in the military.

Here are 7 women of power that you should definitely know;

1. Fatumah Ahmed – Kenya’s first female Brigadier. She was appointed as the director of the Defence Forces Medical Insurance Scheme (DEFMIS)



2. Captain Koki Mutungi – Kenya’s first female Dreamliner pilot.

Captain Irene Koki Mutungi became the first Female African Pilot to fly the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

3. Dr. Ng’endo Mwangi – Kenya’s first woman physician.

Apart from being Kenya’s first physician, Ng’endo Mwangi was also the first black student to attend Smith College.


4. Grace Onyango – The first woman MP in post-independent Kenya.

Grace Onyango was a teacher-turned-politician who first became the first woman councillor of Kisumu Central Ward. In 1969 she trounced 10 male opponents to become Kisumu Town MP.

5. Elizabeth Wakesho Marami – First female marine pilot.

At only 26, she is on course to become Kenya’s first female qualified marine pilot, a feat she achieved with exemplary success and which emanated from her love for the ocean. She has won applause and accolades from all and sundry in the port city of Mombasa.


6. Leah Marangu – Kenya’s First Female Vice Chancellor.

Prof Marangu received her MSc in Family Environment (1969) and PhD in Home Economics (1975) from Iowa State University. She went on to teach in several universities in the United States as a visiting professor and then returned to Kenya in 1977.

7. Wangari Maathai – Kenya’s first female professor.

The late Nobel peace prize winner, environmental and political activist was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya, becoming the first female professor not only in Kenya but Africa.