Thousands of Muslim women who live in the United States wear the hijab and face discrimination because of it—yet non-Muslim women are praised and heralded for donning it for a single day or month.
Some argue that legal bans on burqas and other modes of conservative dress would somehow liberate Muslim women. This is naïve. We cannot ignore the hatred that is being acted out on Muslim women, including as part of the war on terror.
Malika Saada Saar writes in her reader diary, “I write these words to give honor to Neda and the other Iranian women who dare the brutality of the Basij and military forces, and fearlessly raise their voices against crushing tyranny.”