6 Reasons Linda Sarsour is our SHEro
Posted on 18 September 2016
Most of you have probably heard of, or seen Linda Sarsour in an impassioned debate on the news lately. Here at Voile Chic we like to feature strong women who are making a positive impact on the Muslim community. Here are a few of the reasons we love civil rights activist, Sister Linda Sarsour.
1. Stands up for social justice
Linda is not only vocal about her causes, but she is the first person to be on the front lines fighting for justice. She not only talks the talk but literally walks the walk. She co-chaired a 250 person walk with Black Lives Matter from New York to Washington to protest against police brutality.
2. Breaking down stereotypes
Often times the misguided notion that Muslim women are oppressed and weak is perpetuated by western media. Linda’s position as the Executive Director of Arab American Association of New York show’s that Muslim women are strong, educated and empowered. Linda is not afraid to speak her mind and is anything but meek and submissive. Trust us you want her fighting on your side!
3. Inspiring a generation of leaders
Linda also co-founded the organization MPOWER CHANGE, “a grassroots movement rooted in diverse Muslim communities throughout the United States who are working together to build, social, spiritual, racial, and economic justice for all people”. Linda was recognized by the Obama administration as a “Champion of Change” for her extraordinary work in the community.
Linda Sarsour on The Steve Harvey Show
4. Doesn’t shy away from the spotlight
Linda has appeared on numerous talk shows and news programs, often in heated debates dispelling myths about Islam. She also blazed the campaign trail with Bernie Sanders this past year landing her in the public eye many times, including in an ad directed by the famous Spike Lee.
5. She’s been in more than 1 rap video
Linda has been featured in not 1 but 2 rap videos! You can spot her in Freeway’s music video Illuminate. She is also featured in the very explicit FDT Pt.2 by YG ft. G-Eazy & Macklemore. Very cool Ms.Sarsour!
6. Made Eid an official public holiday for New York City public schools
In 2015, the Mayor of New York announced that Eid will be recognized as an official school holiday. Thanks to Linda’s advocacy and work with city officials, New York City is the first major city to close down public schools for the Muslim holidays of Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha
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