American Muslim women’s lives intersect with mainstream society on issues of healthcare, PTAs, family, politics, sports, entertainment, and a myriad of others, presenting a host of story opportunities
(WASHINGTON, DC, 3/26/2018) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is offering journalists “101 Story Ideas” for #MuslimWomensDay (March 27) and to connect them with American Muslim women in many states nationwide as sources to interview or as authors of op-eds for publication.
Tuesday, March 27 marks the second annual #MuslimWomensDay, an initiative launched in 2017 by the MuslimGirl.com news site.
Many people are aware that March is Women’s History Month, but most are not aware that March 27 is #MuslimWomensDay, or that American Muslim women are the second most highly-educated religious group of women in the U.S., and are as likely as Muslim men to have a college degree or higher education.
Thousands of American Muslim women are involved in professions that have historically been predominantly male — such as sports and coaching, martial arts, law, science, technology, medicine – and are elected officials at the state and local levels nationwide.
Listed below some of numerous other story and op-ed ideas:
- Northern CA: American Muslim women medical students running free medical clinics and lead ”˜White Coats for Black Lives’ group in support of #BlackLivesMatter movement
- Northern CA: American Muslim woman legislative staffer with a mission to enact policies that benefit the most marginalized members of society
- DC area: American Muslim woman who converted her own home into a shelter for women experiencing homelessness
- DC area: Professional working American Muslim moms who juggle high-level professional jobs, a family with kids, and volunteer in community service projects helping those in need
- DC area and elsewhere: Young American Muslim women professionals in management consulting at large consulting firms, federal government, law, etc., some single, some newly married, some balancing very young families with work, etc.
- DC area: African-American Muslim woman “ultra-marathon” runner who is also a running coach to other marathon runners, and a health and fitness expert with a Ph.D.
- DC area: African-American Muslim woman singer/song-writer who uses song to convey the message of the Quran
- DC area: African-American Muslim woman singer/song-writer writing songs that inspire, uplift at a time of record-high anti-Muslim discrimination and other challenges
- DC, NY and nationwide: American Muslim women attorneys, patent holders, medical doctors, instructors, and coaches with Ph.D. degrees, who can talk about their upbringing in American Muslim households and Islamic teachings that what motivated them to pursue higher education (re. Gallup poll mentioned above)
- MA: American Muslim woman, convert to Islam, inspired by bullying faced by her son, now dedicates her to time to activism to fight bigotry and build understanding
- MA: American Muslim woman software engineer who holds several patents and, after her daughter faced anti-Muslim bullying at school, also started a non-profit to build interfaith understanding in her state
- MA: African American Muslim woman, who’s an award-winning attorney, running for U.S. Congress during the 2018 elections
- MA: American Muslim woman who grew up in another faith, chose to become Muslim because of Islamic teachings and now heads a national women’s shelter project that has 14 women’s shelters nationwide
- MI: American Muslim woman, who has served as a Michigan state legislator, running for U.S. Congress during the 2018 elections
- MO: American Muslim artists participating in an exhibition to be held Easter weekend
- MO: African-American Muslim head wrap stylist with a mission to help women regain confidence after hair loss due to cancer, alopecia, HIV/AIDs, etc.
- MS: An African-American Muslim woman, who is the editor of a national American Muslim newspaper and an adjunct professor in college. She is also from a Mississippi family of civil right activists from the MLK era
- NJ: American Muslim woman who is a school board member and a school nurse, a marathon runner and a speaker at her local “Women’s March” last year and this year
- NJ: American Muslim student who led a successful campaign to make “Eid ul Adha” a school holiday in her local school district
- OH: American Muslim woman pediatrician with 40 years of experience who holds multiple patents and is medical school professor, who founded a free medical clinic to help the uninsured and others in need
- OK: American Muslim woman, heading an Islamic school dedicated to engaging and inspiring the next generation of American Muslims
- OK: African-American Muslim woman, who is executive director of a social services non-profit and proud mom of a special needs child
- WA: American Muslim woman martial artist teaching self-defense classes to Muslim women especially in light of the hate crimes
- WA: American Muslim Harvard Law school-educated woman, who is a partner at a law firm and general counsel at biotech firm, then shifted careers to interfaith bridge-building
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Media Relations Manager Arsalan Bukhari, firstname.lastname@example.org; 206-931-3655