Muslim Women in America
Recently, I was scanning articles about American Muslim Women. I expected to find a major out cry about subordination to men, civil rights, employment and general rejection of Islam by American women. Check it out on the Internet and be shocked. I was. By the way this head piece attached to this writing I thought was representative of a Catholic Nun. However, it was represented as an example of appropriate head cover? What follows is a collective post of information to ponder.
According to a 2009 study by Gallup
, Muslim American women are not only more educated than Muslim women in Western Europe, but are also more educated than the average American. U.S. Muslim women report incomes closer to their male counterparts than American women of any other religion. They are at the helm of many key religious and civic organizations, such as the Arab-American Family Support Center, Azizah magazine, Karamah, Turning Point, the Islamic Networks Group and the American Society for Muslim Advancement.
Of course, challenges to gender justice remain worldwide. In the World Economic Forum’s 2009 Gender Gap Index, which ranks women’s participation in society, 18 of the 25 lowest-ranking countries have Muslim majorities. However, as documented by the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality
, Muslim women are leading the struggle for change through their scholarship, civic engagement, education, advocacy and activism in the United States and across the world.
Six million American Muslim Women is this true? What does this mean.
Dr. James R. Wining