While completing training in Obstetrics-Gynecology at Emory University, Saira knew she wanted to extend her passion for women’s wellness beyond clinical medicine. As a physician, she has advocated for women’s health on a national level by lobbying representatives on Capitol Hill. As a parent, she emphasizes positive body image, reproductive health and gender equality.
At the intersection of her interests, professionally and personally, lies the critical task of fostering her children’s identity by reclaiming the Muslim-American narrative. Writing is her means of contributing to representation and uplifting a vulnerable generation of Muslim youth, with a focus on female empowerment. Muslim women are often stereotyped as oppressed or passive; the women in her book are anything but.