Nadia Ahmed Abdou has been sworn into office in the Governorate of Beheira, in the Nile Delta as the first female governor of Egypt. For the first time in Egypt’s history a woman has been appointed as a provincial governor. She’s an engineer with a long record of public service and her force decision-making powers have seen her earn the nickname “iron woman”. The news site Egyptian Streets reports that she has served as the deputy governor since 2013. She spent 10 years, from 2002 to 2012, as chief of the Alexandria Drinking Water Company. She was also the first woman to hold this post.