Look around you and it’s difficult to find good role models these days, especially good Muslimah Role Models. Any person who has a positive effect on others could be considered as a role model. She could be a powerful women of influence or could be any ordinary women that we encounter in our day-to-day life, whom we deem as admirable or inspiring.
Role models could be women of difference who are making a meaningful impact in other women’s lives. Women of courage, confidence and grit. Women who are fiercely individual and not scared to challenge the norms. Women who don’t endorse a picture perfect, everything-going-right image. These are women who aren’t scared to speak openly about their fears and are ready to portray their true self.
These are women of substance, women with a voice and those who have the power to transform an entire generation. They are not only world influencers such as authors, scholars, activists, entrepreneurs or political leaders but are also everyday people, including our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, teachers and employers.
It’s time that we recognized these incredible women and acknowledged their contributions. This #InternationalWomensDay and Women’s history month, we request you to use the hashtag- #MuslimahInspiration and #Muslimahlnfluencers to share with us your Muslimah role models.
To start with, here are some of the truly inspiring and influential contemporary Muslim women that we could look up to as our role models:
First Arab Woman and Youngest Nobel Peace Laureate.
She is a mother of four children, a Yemeni journalist, politician, and human rights activist. She became the international public face of the 2011 Yemeni uprising that was a part of the Arab Spring uprisings. She has been called the “Iron Woman” and “Mother of the Revolution” by Yemenis. She is a co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman, and the second Muslim woman to win a Nobel Prize and the second youngest Nobel Peace Laureate to date.
To know more about Tawakkol and her work, visit her website, http://www.tawakkolkarman.net .
A British baker, columnist, author and television presenter. In 2015, Hussain appeared on and won the sixth series of The Great British Bake Off TV show. The mother of three is regarded as a role model for young British Muslim women to look up to.
Through her success story she hopes to break the stereotypes about the Muslim community and wants to change the ‘stigma attached to arranged marriages and being a housewife’. She was chosen as one of the 100 influential and inspirational women around the world by BBC in 2016.
To know more about Nadiya, visit her website http://www.nadiyahussain.com .
She is a 37-years-old Egyptian athlete who has climbed four mountains, can speak four languages, and has completed twenty-six 10 K races, eight half marathons, three full marathons [and] one ultra-marathon, and recently became the first Egyptian woman to complete China’s Great Wall Marathon. Also, she is the first Hijabi woman to have climbed the highest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, and the highest mountain in Europe, Mt Elbrus.
She has founded a Facebook women only support group called “Surviving Hijab”, to empower and support women who want to learn about hijab.
The 28-year-old fashion designer from Indonesia recently made history when she showcased her modest collection at the New York Fashion Week. It was the very first time that all models on the runway wore the hijab.
She has showcased her work at Jakarta Fashion Week, in Istanbul, London and Cannes. She is the first Indonesian to have her own show at the event and has won accolades for her exquisite collection from fashion critics from around the world.
Professor Ying is a Chinese-Muslim and her exceptional work the field of nanotechnology has earned her many awards and accolades. She recently became the first female recipient of the Abdeali Tayebali Lifetime Achievement Award since it was started in 2012.
She is the first woman to receive the award since it was launched in 2012, and was recognized for her contributions to society through research and for nurturing future generations of Singapore researchers.
Ying received her PhD from Princeton University, and was Professor of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is currently the Executive Director of the Institute of Bio-engineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Singapore.
She has authored over 310 publications and has over 150 primary patents issued or pending. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Nano Today.
With an impressive career and breathtaking achievements she is a role model for all Muslim women.
She is an African- American Sabre Fencer who made history this year as the first U.S. athlete to compete at the Olympics in a hijab. She won the bronze medal and also became the first American woman to win a medal at the Olympics while wearing a hijab. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people of 2016 and she is currently ranked eighth in the world. In 2014, she launched her modest clothing line for women-Louella. She has become the face of change and diversity in America and wants to inspire other women to follow in her footsteps.
She is a unique role model for all women who want to break stereotypes and realize their dreams against all odds.
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