I am so glad to be back with you guys. Happy new year once again. 2018 is behind us now and today is the 1st day of the 2nd month in 2019. Are you as excited as I am? I hope you have been up to a good start so far? Enough of the questions. I didn’t get the chance to share this post with you much earlier than this but here it is. Muslim women have been making tremendous change for some years now and last year was no less, in fact, even more. This made us put a list of Muslimahs together who are making a difference in various fields and walk of life and I am here to share them with you to motivate and inspire us all. Stay motivated.
Born in Somalia, she and her family fled the country during its civil war and moved to the United states in 1995 when she was eight-year-old. Ilhan is the first Somalia-American Muslim legislator in the United States. She is known for advocating for human and women’s right. Ilhan is a Democrat and an outspoken advocate of minority communities who have been constantly in the sight of Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies. Omar in November 2018 won a house seat in a strongly Democratic district in Minneapolis, Minnesota, succeeding Keith Ellison who was himself the first Muslim ever elected to Congress. Along with Rashida Tlaib, she was one of the first two Muslim women elected to congress. Ilhan is also the first woman of color to serve as a U.S Representative from Minnesota. She supports free tuition for college students whose family income is below $125,000 as well as greater accessibility to student loan forgiveness programs, amongst many others. In 2015, she received the 2015 Community Leadership Award from Mshale, an African immigrant media outlet based in Minneapolis. In 2017, Omar was named by Time Magazine among its 46 WOMEN WHO ARE CHANGING THE WORLD and also featured her on the cover of its September Issue. Ilhan remains an accomplished policy analyst and expert, a community organizer, a proud Muslimah and an award-winning human rights advocate. She is happily married and a mother of three.
Tlaib is an American politician and lawyer born to Palestinian immigrants in Detroit. She is the eldest of 14 children. She began her political career in 2004, when she took an internship with Steve Tobocman. She has represented the 6th and 12th districts of the Michigan House of Representatives. After leaving the state legislature she worked at Sugar Law Center a Detroit non-profit that provides free legal representation for workers. In 2018 she made history alongside many Democratic women by winning the election for Michigan’s 13th district- setting her up to be one of the first woman to be elected to Congress. The mother of two is also the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to the Congress. Tlaib, aged 42, has been a vocal critic of President Trump and has called for his impeachment right after her being sworn in. She is a progressive Democrat and her platforms include Medicare for All, raising the minimum wage, protecting unions and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, according to her campaign website. Tlaib remains an outspoken advocate against wrongs and for the rights of the people. She believes in Islam and is proud of her faith.
“Even though people may not understand my faith, I expose it in such an impactful way through public service. People still cannot pronounce my name but they remember the things I do for them.” – Rashida Tlaib
Ojeifo is a 26-year-old Nigerian and the founder of a fast growing and impactful mental health organization called “She Writes Woman”- a movement of love, hope and support for women living with mental disorders in Nigeria. This initiative was born out of her own diagnoses of bipolar and Post- traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) coupled with psychosis and suicidal idealizations. She has used her platform to help and also create awareness and enlighten Nigerians about mental health. Last year, Hauwa received the Queen Elizabeth’s Young Leaders Award, in celebrating achievements of young change-makers in the Commonwealth nations. With She Writes Woman, Ojeifo has been able to initiate the first ever privately held 24/7 mental health helpline in Nigeria. In 2018 she also won in the first edition of MTV Europe Music Awards “Generation Change” category. The award aims to elevate and empower the fearless, original young people who are changing the world. She was also featured last year, in a popular artiste music as one of the Top Women in Nigeria titled ‘Wonder Woman.’ Hawau Ojeifo is waxing stronger, impacting and helping lives with She Writes Woman. We are definitely going to be seeing more of her this year.
“As a Muslim, charity is a fundamental pillar. My worldview from a very young age has been about positive impact and legacy. Before I started my organization, I was very involved in various Humanitarian initiatives. In 2009 I was a local fundraiser for international charity organizations like Orphans in Need and Islamic Relief.” – Hawau Ojeifo
Halima Aden is a 21 year-old American fashion model born in Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya before later moving to Missouri, USA, at the age of 7 year old. She is noted for being the first woman to wear a hijab in the Miss Minnesota US pageant 2016, where she was a semi-finalist. Following this, Halima received national attention and was signed to IMG Models. In February 2017, she made her debut at the New York Fashion Week for Yeezy Season 5. Aden was the first hijab- wearing model to walk international runways and to be signed to a major agency. ln June 2017, she became the first hijab-wearing model on the on the cover of Vogue Arabia, Allure, and British Vogue. Aden uses her platform to challenge stereotypes and shift the gaze of the fashion world away from women bodies and redefine beauty standards. ’’I want my career to be fashion with activism’’ she said in her interview with Elle Magazine. Halimah is also a UNICEF Ambassador
Tahera Rahman is the daughter of Indian and Pakistani immigrants. she is a newscaster in the United States, known for being the first full-time hijabi Muslim newscaster on Febuary 8,2018. After graduating from Loyola University in Chicago, her professors and colleagues would ask if she would be willing to take off her hijab, to land a dream job in journalism. Her answer was a consistently firm “No”. Rahman did get a lot of Nos and faced a lot of rejection, having her applications turned down by several news room many times. She eventually landed a producer position of WHBF-TV, a CBS-affiliated television station. After two years of being at the background, she applied to be at the front of the camera and her application met rejection.
” I wrote them an email, my bosses, and I said tell me how can I be the best candidate, tell me what I need to do. And I kept working hard and then I applied the third time and alhamdulillah I got the job, thank God,” she said [coined from Albawaba]. By February 8 last year she went on air becoming the first full-time hijabi newscaster in United States.
“What I prayed for every night for years is to be able to soften people’s hearts and basically be a light for people in a scary world with a lot of misconceptions,” Rahman said.
Through Rahman another barrier for Muslim women has been broken. This barrier-braking moment was met with large support from all over the world. Another Muslimah’s dream has been made possible with this victory.
That would be all guys, we might not have done justice to this list, so if you know any name we might have left out , drop them down in the comment section.
Also let me know if this post inspired you.
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