Muslim Women in America

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Muslim’s have always been faced with struggles in their lives, especially when entering into the United States. They are a popular minority group in America that is strongly discriminated against. They face every day struggles that make their lives that much more difficult. Muslim women in particular is what I am going to be discussing in my research paper. Women in general, are still being discriminated against in the world today, but being a Muslim women in America, has unthinkable consequences and daily hardships that many of us American’s could not begin to understand. Along with the everyday stereotypes they face because they are Muslim, they also face, ignorance about Islam, gender-based discrimination, violence, fear, and discrimination about their clothing (head covering). THE HIJAB

Muslim women obviously dress very different than other Americans and their dress apparel stands out. This is one of the biggest issues and challenges that Muslim women in American face. They are taunted, and harassed every day because of the head-coverings that they wear, which is known as the “hijab”. Hijab, is Arabic for “cover”, which is extended to mean modesty and privacy. Hijab is actually a practice, but when women are practicing Hijab, is when they wear the scarf they wear. It usually covers the head, neck, and majority of the face in some situations, leaving the eyes open. Muslim women follow the rules of the Hijab, to show their submission to and love for God. However, this is all usually very misinterpreted. Women are looked down upon when they are wearing their head-coverings. Muslim women who wear head scarves are more likely than those who don’t to say they face discrimination and a hostile environment. Sixty-nine percent of women who wear hijab reported at least one incident of discrimination compared to 29% of women who did not wear the hijab. Muslim women have been prohibited from wearing their head-coverings in a number of contexts. These women have been harassed, fired from jobs, and even denied access to public areas. In 2006, there were 154 cases of discrimination or harassment in which a Muslim woman’s head-covering was the identified factor that triggered the incident.

In the work area, Muslim women have been denied the right to wear a headscarf, and have been fired for refusing to remove it. Even teachers in some public schools have been prevented from wearing their hijabs. A 2007 study by the Women Working with Immigrant Women, found that out of 32 women surveyed, 29 employers commented on their scarves and 19 women were told to remove their scarf. The study also compared women who were similar in almost every way went out and applied for jobs. In half of the cases where women did not wear a scarf, the employer asked them to fill out an application or leave a resume. However, the women with the scarves who applied to the same company, were not asked to fill out an application or leave a resume. Students have also been denied the right to wear their hijab to school. Muslim girls who wear headscarves, or whose mothers wear them have been harassed and assaulted. These students have also been denied the privilege to participate in extracurricular activities, including musical concerts and athletic events. Discrimination towards these women has also shown up in places where you wouldn’t expect it to, in law enforcement. Muslim women who have been put into jail, have been denied the right to wear their headscarves, even when they are in courthouse detention. The hijab is not even permitted for women to wear while visiting family members in correctional institutions. Women have also been harassed by police officers for wearing the hijab, both while being arrested and also when they have called the police for help. Women and girls who are wearing their scarves have even been denied the right to enter into public places such as the mall and even swimming pools, unless they agree to being searched by guards or agree...
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