Part of the influential Apollo Society, who explored new ways to approach poetry, writing, and art, was Gamila El Alaily. Born in Mansoura, El Alialy is one of the leading women of Egypt’s modern art renaissance. Her writing made sense of a quickly-changing world.
Later in her life, EL Alaily moved to Cairo and began contributing poetry to the Egyptian literary journal Apollo, which was launched in 1932 by Dr Ahmed Zaki Abu Shadi.
After going through so many stages of success, she published The Echo of My Dreams, the first of her three diwans, or volumes, of poetry, in 1939. Drawing inspiration from nature, her poetry addressed the themes of love and longing, as well as contemplation.
Never stopping what she does and loves best, i.e. writing, El Alaily went on to write a regular column for over a quarter century in a monthly newsletter; she addressed ethics, values, and ideals, including her view on the role of women in society. In this respect, she broke new ground for women in the Arab world, inspiring generations of writers to come.
Today Google Doodles celebrates her success; showing off the strength and accomplishments of this woman, and we think she deserves a round of applause!