An Egyptian mother is being praised this week for disguising herself as a man for 43 years so that she could provide for her daughter and grandchildren, according to AL Arabiya News.
Sisa Abu Daooh, 64, was honored in Egypt for faking her identity in a culture where women in the workplace is not the norm. After the death of her husband while pregnant, she was left with no income and few employment opportunities.
Dressed as a man, Daooh was able to work odd jobs like making bricks, shining shoes and working on farms. These jobs became even more important when her grandchildren were born and needed financial support.
"I preferred working in hard labor like lifting bricks and cement bags and cleaning shoes to begging in the streets in order to earn a living for myself and for my daughter and her children," Daooh told Al Arabiya.
She says polishing shoes is her most lucrative endeavor thus far, noting it earns her a "decent income."