Datuk Mazidah Zakaria Datuk Mazidah Zakaria

Hailing from the state of Perak Darul Ridzuan, she was a lecturer at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur until 1985 before being appointed as a Senator from 15 February 1986 until October 1990. Apart from education and politics, she was also involved in business and had served as Director of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) and Chairperson of Sungai Wang Plaza Sdn. Bhd.

She was elected as the State Legislative Assembly member of Perak State for the Sungai Rokam Constituency in October 1990 under the Barisan Nasional ticket. Later, she was elected as the Perak State Assembly member for the Ulu Kinta constituency in April 1995 and retained the seat for this constituency in the General Elections in 1999 and 2004. She was also appointed as Perak State Government Exco in October 1990.

Her involvement in the Muslim Women's Action Association of Malaysia (PERTIWI) started during the early years of its establishment in 1967. Both she and Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr. Hajah Safiah Karim, who was also a lecturer in the University of Malaya, were invited for a meeting to discuss the establishment of a new women's association, PERTIWI. Impressed with its vision, they jointly became the founding members. She was appointed as Secretary I of PERTIWI from 1967 to1969 and later as Head II of PERTIWI in 1970.

After serving the community through PERTIWI, she then extended her scope of services to the community and the country by becoming actively involved in politics, as a Senator and a State Legislative Assemblywoman of Perak Darul Ridzuan.

A Historical Narrative Ceremony of the Muslim Women's Action Association (PERTIWI)
"Didik Wanita Terdidiklah Bangsa" (Educating Women Means Educating the Nation) 24 April 2008
National Archives of Malaysia