I love March 27th—and not just because I was born on that day. I also love it because last year a brilliant woman named Amani Al-Khatahtbeh launched the first Muslim Women's Day, and she chose March 27th. Amani is pretty badass. At 17 years old she started a blog in her bedroom, Muslim Girl, and eight years later she's poised to get two million visitors this year.
It's an incredible destination that sheds a fresh lens on the experiences and contributions of Muslim women from around the globe. I'm one of Amani's regular visitors. The reason why I feel the site is so necessary is because while other media outlets largely cover the negative plight of Muslim women, often marginalizing them to victimhood, at Muslim Girl they are fierce and powerful change agents. For example the homepage now features a profile of 8 Muslim Businesswomen. The average person wouldn't immediately associate a Muslim woman with the word "mogul," but Muslim Girl is changing that.
I was reading this profile of Amani and it hit me that the reason why she's been so successful is because she's not trying to represent Muslim women. She simply sees herself as a conduit for them to represent themselves, which is an important lesson for anyone trying to change culture. She says, "A lot of times Muslim Girl gets touted as being a voice for the voiceless. But our philosophy is that nobody is voiceless, they're just voices that are more systematically silenced than others." Thank you, Amani. We hear you loud and clear.