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7 Muslim Activists That Are Making A Difference

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Memorize these names

Today is Muslim Women’s Day, a day of celebration and solidarity that highlights the strength and achievements of millions of women around the world. Among the many Muslim women doing incredible things, in fields ranging from science and literature to fashion and music, are those who work as activists, fighting for the rights of all people, fighting for equality and a chance for everyone to be treated with fairness and respect, fighting for Muslims to be treated and portrayed with the same dignity that so many other people get automatically.

And even though it’s commonly said that it should never be the job of the oppressed to educate the oppressor, these activists are working overtime to do just that while also raising up their communities, making it time for us to bring attention to the important work they're doing. Read up on what these powerful women are all about, ahead.

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
Amani is the founder of MuslimGirl, an online publication that puts Muslim women at the forefront. She’s only 24, but she’s already accomplished the work of someone well beyond her years, including, but not limited to, leading the initiative to make today Muslim Women's Day. On top of that, she’s an accomplished author, regular public speaker, and overall badass. You can read more about her book and experience growing up Muslim in a post-9/11 world, here.

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