Based in New York, she also writes essays and op-eds for different publications on Egypt and the Islamic world, including women's issues and Muslim political and social affairs. Eltahawy describes herself as a secular Muslim and has been a strong critic of the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and the Miami Herald among others.
Eltahawy is a frequent guest analyst on U.S. radio and television news shows. She also speaks publicly at universities, panel discussions and interfaith gatherings on Egypt, the Middle East, human rights and reform in the Islamic world, feminism and Egyptian Muslim-Christian relations. From 2002 to 2004, she was managing editor of the Arabic-language version of Women's eNews, an independent, non-profit news website that covers women's issues from around the world.
Before moving from her native Egypt to the United States in 2000, Eltahawy was a news reporter for 10 years. She was a correspondent for Reuters News Agency in Cairo and Jerusalem, reported from the Middle East for the UK's The Guardian newspaper and was a stringer for U.S. News and World Report.
Eltahawy has a Master of Arts in Journalism from the American University in Cairo.