For the second year in a row, Dr. Nyla Khan was recognized as one of the The Journal Record’s ‘50 Women Making a Difference’ for 2020. The Journal Record Woman of the Year program, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, recognizes Oklahoma’s leading women who epitomize leadership in both their professional endeavors and in the communities where they live. Khan is known most notably for work as a human rights and women’s rights activist, and for her academic and political work in Oklahoma and the Kashmir region of India. In March 2019, she was appointed to a five-year term as a commissioner for the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. Khan is the first South Asian Muslim member of the commission. She provides research and information on societal violence and structural inequities that result from deep-rooted prejudices against women. She serves as a visiting professor at OU, teaches at Rose State College in Midwest City and is a regular contributor to local newspapers, as well as a commentator in Kashmir on the subject of her homeland and human rights.