The Hijab, a head covering worn by some Muslim women, is often associated with female oppression and silence – but why can’t “Hijabi” women be feminists, too? In a first-person account of her experience as a young Muslim woman, University of Virginia student Attiya Latif challenges monolithic Western notions of female oppression in Islam.
Attiya Latif is a rising second-year student at the University of Virginia. She plans to double major in Government and Middle Eastern Studies. She is currently involved in several organizations at the University, including the Honor Committee, the Washington Literary Society and Debating Union, the Muslim Students Association, the Cavalier Daily newspaper, and the Virginia Poetry Guild. A self-identified feminist and proud hijabi, she is also a vocal activist for the Muslim community and women who choose to wear the hijab.
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