Benazir Bhutto was a political leader from one of Pakistan' s most influential families. Her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan's first democratically elected president, was convicted on false charges and executed by the military in 1979. Chosen by her father to follow in his footsteps, Benazir became a feminist icon determined to defeat the U.S.-backed military regime and bring democracy and human rights to Pakistan. She overcame controversy, imprisonment and a male-dominated political environment to become Pakistan's first female prime minister. During her administration she eliminated polio and implemented policies to improve women's lives. Her great popularity among the general population ultimately led to her 2007 assassination.