Muslim Women Find Empowerment and Fear in Hijab

October 28, 2001

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On October 28, 2001, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured an article on Muslim women in Pittsburgh. Many of the women featured are more afraid to wear their head scarves since the September 11 backlash as it is a "visible manifestation of a Muslim woman's faith...Many Muslim women consider the head scarf a form of feminist expression, because it forces people to judge them by their character rather than their looks." Other women discussed how this is misunderstood in America, but one woman added that "'the U.S. is still one of the only parts of the world where I may practice my religion, wear what I choose and be respected for my choices. To me, that is real empowerment.'"