Women

Hostility at Missouri PTA Meeting Distresses Muslim Speaker and Students

February 17, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On February 17, 2002, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "Sheila Musaji and a group of parents in the Pattonville School District planned an evening to promote understanding of the Islamic faith. And they expected to find a sympathetic audience in the Pattonville PTA... But the evening took a hostile turn when some people who don't routinely attend PTA sessions showed up. One called Islam a violent religion and suggested Musaji was lying about her faith... Musaji is a longtime parent and volunteer in the district....

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Colleges Struggle to Find Trained Muslim Chaplains

February 16, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On February 16, 2002, The New York Times reported that "for colleges and universities, finding Muslim chaplains is often difficult... Yahya Hendi, an imam, became the first full-time Muslim college chaplain in the United States when Georgetown University in Washington hired him three years ago... By Mr. Hendi's count, 27 colleges have Muslim chaplains, most of whom serve part time or as volunteers and, like Ms. Sheikh, started with little religious training. Because colleges and universities are scrambling to meet the needs...

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Women in America Among those Converting to Islam

February 16, 2002

Source: Newsday

On February 16, 2002, Newsday featured an article on American women who have converted to Islam. "The women say they consider the veil and modest dress symbols not of oppression, but of liberation. They say the emphasis on the female body in the Western world, with all its manifestations in popular culture, has led to the sexual objectification of women. And... they say their religion treats each gender equally, though not identically... these women are among the estimated 20,000 Americans a year who, since the mid-'90s, have adopted...

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Court Rules for Nation of Islam's Exclusion of Women from a 1994 Meeting

February 14, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On Tuesday February 14, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that "Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam had the right to exclude women from a 1994 speech at a Dorchester [MA] theater,... a state court ruled... The civil rights of Marceline Donaldson... who sued after she wasn't allowed to hear Farrakhan speak, were not violated, the Supreme Judicial Court decided... Donaldson did not prove that the speech, sponsored by a local mosque, was a public event."

Conservative Judaism Selects First Female Leader

February 14, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On February 14, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that "an organization that represents 800 Conservative Jewish Congregations in North America named its first female president... Judy Yudof, of St. Paul [MN], is taking over as leader of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism... [and] said she was pleased that her appointment would draw attention to gender equality in the Conservative branch."

Seattle Hosts Women of Wisdom Conference

February 9, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

http://www.womenofwisdom.org

On February 9, 2002, The Seattle Times featured an article on the Women of Wisdom conference, whose participants are practitioners of "everything from earth-centered and goddess spirituality to Incan shamanic practices... About 2,000 people are expected to attend parts of the eight-day women's spirituality conference at Seattle Unity Church, a nondenominational metaphysical church. More than 90 events are planned, exploring...

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ISKCON Files For Bankruptcy

February 9, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 9, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that "in a bid to thwart a lawsuit that 'threatens to shut down an entire religion,' the Hare Krishna movement said this week that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection later this month... The International Society for Krishna Consciousness announcement comes in response to the recent filing of a $400-million child abuse lawsuit in a Texas state court... Plaintiffs aim to hold a range of Krishna institutions liable for sexual, emotional and physical abuse...

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San Diego Woman Teaches about Islam at Local Schools

February 8, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On February 8, 2002, The San Diego Union-Tribune featured a story on Tehseen Lazzouni, a local Mulsim American woman active in the community. "In September 2000, Lazzouni, with the help of four other Muslims, formed the Islamic Speakers Bureau, which has 10 volunteer speakers who go into schools to talk to students about Islam... Lazzouni knew that many teachers were calling local mosques to find Muslims to come and speak to their students... Peter Evans, a social studies teacher at Torrey Pines [High School], will be...

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Muslim-American Woman Sues Florida DMV

January 30, 2002

Source: Yahoo News

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020130/ts/rights_veil_dc_1.html

On January 30, 2002, Yahoo News reported that "a Muslim woman in Florida [Sultaana Freeman] sued the state for revoking her driver's license because she refused to have her photo taken without the face-covering veil she wears for religious reasons, her lawyer said... Howard Marks, of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the license revocation violated U.S. and Florida...

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Nebraska Exhibit Tells Stories of Female Jewish Settlers

January 26, 2002

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On January 26, 2002, the Omaha World-Herald reported on an exihibit featuring the stories of Jewish women settlers in the Midwest and West. "The challenge for the Jewish homesteader went beyond the bleak, bony landscape and the unforgiving climate. These settlers strove to maintain their culture and customs without the structure and support of the close-knit communities left behind... 'They did the best they could,' said Rita Paskowitz, a professional storyteller and actress, speaking about the Jewish immigrant experience... She...

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Female Pilot Wins Suit Over Clothing Rules in Saudi Arabia

January 23, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On January 23, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "seven years after the Air Force's top-ranked female fighter pilot began a one-woman crusade, the Defense Department yesterday dropped its requirement that female military personnel in Saudi Arabia put on black, head-to-toe gowns when leaving their base... Lt. Col. Martha McSally had sued Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld over the dress code. She contended that the policy on abayas, a form of head-to-toe gown similar to the burqa worn by many women in Afghanistan,...

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Editorial: "U.S. Muslim Women Must Speak Out for Freedom"

January 23, 2002

Source: Newsday

On January 23, 2002, Newsday featured an editorial by Zainab al-Suwaij, executive director of the American Islamic Congress in New Haven, Conn. "Ever since a terrorist cell of Muslim men launched a vicious attack on America, the scarf I wear has become a charged symbol... Although some women fear wearing a hijab in America, my experience has been just the opposite: People are respectful and understanding... On Oct. 8, I showed up at work and discovered many female colleagues - all non-Muslims - wearing the hijab as a sign of sisterly...

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Editorial: "An Identity Reduced to a Burka"

January 20, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/suncommentary/la-000005034jan20.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dsuncomment

On January 20, 2002, The Los Angeles Times featured an editorial by Laila Al-Marayati and Semeen Issa, "An Identity Reduced to a Burka." The editorial explains that, "The Western press' obsession with the dress of Muslim women is not surprising ... since the press tends to...

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Colorado Church Victim of Anti-Gay Vandalism

January 18, 2002

Source: Rocky Mountain News

On January 18, 2002, the Rocky Mountain News reported that "vandals wrecked offices and sprayed gay slurs on the walls of an Arapahoe County house of worship Thursday in what church officials called a hate crime... Michael Hayes, a gay minister of music at the Columbine United Church... said he was the likely target of slurs written with red and green marker pens on the walls... The church's senior pastor, the Rev. Stephen Poos-Benson, may have been the target of one slur, which was written outside his office door. Poos-Benson...

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Editorial: "American Dream" Explores Spirituality and Commercialism

January 14, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On January 14, 2002, The Boston Globe featured "American Dream," an editorial about America's search for meaning. "Considered a sacred object in [Native American] culture, the web-like dream catcher - which is supposed to hang above a baby's cradle to trap nightmares and let good dreams into the soul - has become a staple in mall trinket stores... But while this popularization of the spiritual can be written off as the co-opting and secularizing of a belief system, it is, at its heart, a search for meaning... Our society is a...

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