Shaheen Rushd was born in 1956 in Chittagong, Pakistan (now Bangladesh), and came to the United States in 1970 when her father was stationed in Washington, D.C., as a diplomat. When her parents returned to the newly independent Bangladesh, Rushd remained in the United States to complete high school, and went on to attend Kalamazoo College in Michigan and New York Law School in Manhattan. After earning her law degree, Rushd joined a Manhattan law firm that specialized in securities litigation. She and her husband raised their children in Cobble Hill. Upon retirement, she became involved in local social justice organizations and in the Democratic Party. See this narrator’s full biography and oral history.
Oral History Clips:
Shaheen Rushd recounts her memories of the Bangladeshi independence movement and its impact on her family.
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Portrait of Shaheen Rushd at home.
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