Thanks to the efforts of Amani Al-Khatahtbeh — the founder and editor-in-chief of Muslim Girl, a site dedicated to highlighting the voices of Muslim women — and several media outlets including Refinery29, Teen Vogue, MTV and others, March 27 was declared the first Muslim Women's Day. Al-Khatahtbeh sees the day as an occasion for celebrating the accomplishments, sharing content, and centering the voices of Muslim women.
"There are so many conversations unfolding around us right now about the women’s movement and the Muslim ban, and Muslim women are rarely given the space to be heard above the noise," she told the Huffington Post. "This also comes at a time when Muslim women have become the most visible targets of anti-Muslim bigotry. I hope that #MuslimWomensDay is a launching pad for greater and more inclusive representation for Muslim women in the media.”
Throughout the day, tons of memes, tributes, and comments dedicated to highlighting these amazing women, were shared on social media. Here are just a few.
1. Learn How You Can Participate
Anyone can participate. If you're not Muslim, it's a great day to show solidarity.
2. Words From Malala
Once again proving to be possibly the wisest teenager around. Definitely wiser than most adults, anyway.
3. In A Nutshell
What the day's all about.
4. Help Spread The Word
This gif by NYLON is an awesome one to share today.
5. Not Mutually Exclusive
Yes, it really is possible.
6. Make Time To Watch This
This TED talk by Alaa Murabit on her love of Islam, struggles with certain tenets of the faith, and her advocacy for women is a must-watch.
7. Everyday Life
Ever wonder what it's like to be a Muslim woman in America? This video will enlighten you.
8. It's a Diverse Group
Muslim women come in all shades.
9. A Lot Of Trailblazers
Though they don't get the attention they deserve, Muslim women have made some amazing accomplishments throughout the world.
10. So Many
You'll have a long list of new idols after today.
11. Not Just A Hashtag
Other places should follow this example.
12. Read This Whole Thread
The followup tweets are amazing.
13. Standing Up For Women's Rights
Their sign couldn't be more correct.
14. Did You Know?
The University of Al Quaraouiyine, located in Morocco, was founded by Fatima Al-Fihri in 859 AD and is known as the oldest university on earth.
15. Making Strides In Every Field
Whether it's in the sciences, arts, or the world of athletics, Muslim women have broken down barriers in them all.
Who will you be celebrating today?