Benazir Bhutto was Pakistan’s first female prime minister. Bhutto was born June 21, 1953, in Karachi, Pakistan, the oldest child of former premier and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) party leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Benazir completed her early education in Pakistan, and then pursued higher education in the United States and United Kingdom.
In 1969, at age 16, Bhutto enrolled in Radcliffe College at Harvard University. For the first time in her life, Bhutto was not famous for being her father’s daughter, and she relished the privacy. Known as “Pinkie,” the Eliot House resident participated in campus life, even joining student protests against the Vietnam War. She later described her time at Harvard as “four of the happiest years of my life” and the “the very basis of my belief in democracy.” [Read more…]