Summary: American Muslim women become key figures in reversing Islamophobic rhetoric during the 2016 presidential race.
In a presidential race filled with Islamophobia from Republican nominee Donald Trump, Muslim women have become some of the most important players in the upcoming election.
Such was the case during the Democratic National Convention when Ghazala Khan, the mother of slain U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan, spoke out against Donald Trump. The words she spoke after the convention set off a chain reaction.
Trump had wrongly suggested that she had not been permitted to speak when she stood beside her husband at the Democratic convention, Khan then went on to explain she was silent due to the grief of the memory of her son. Thousands of of Muslim women rushed to social media to support Khan with #CanYouHearUsNow. This also helped inspire other activists.
“She took a hit for all of us, and that was part of what led me to decide I wanted to help other women speak out,” said Mirriam Seddiq, a lawyer and a Muslim woman. “I hadn’t realized that people thought those things about Muslim women before this election.”
Seddiq just started the American Muslim Women political-action committee, which will hope to strengthen the political power of American Muslim women. The group is now working on registering as many Muslim women to vote as possible. On Tuesday, it will announce its first-ever endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president at a press conference in Washington, D.C. Ghazala Khan is slated to appear at the event as a special guest.
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