Egyptian women have not been widely recognized for their role in the ouster in February of President Hosni Mubarak and the subsequent march to parliamentary elections. That may change in the wake of Internet videos that showed the military's security forces brutally stripping, beating and stomping women involved in last weekend's protests over the slow transition to democracy. The massive march by women of Cairo in Tahir Square on Tuesday in response to those videos -- particularly the "girl in the blue bra" video that instantly went viral -- certainly portends a more potent political shift.
"Drag me, strip me, my brother's blood will cover me," the women chanted in their march. "Where is the field marshal," they shouted, referring to the military's current leader, Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi.