As we enter the last few weeks of the Muslima: Muslim Women's Art & Voices exhibition by the International Museum of Women, I have found myself reflecting on the hundreds of women included in this groundbreaking exhibition.
Each and every one of these women is included because she is noteworthy -- a cutting-edge artist or writer, a revolutionary who is upending her community's and the world's limited notions of what a Muslim woman is capable of doing, a pioneer fighting for women's and girls' rights.
As a way of recognizing the many contributions these women are making, I wanted to highlight a handful of these women in a two-part series -- this first blog devoted to North American Muslim women, and a second upcoming blog celebrating Muslim women from other parts of the world.
In this snapshot of our exhibition of North American Muslim women, you'll find a diverse group of women who've been able to move beyond the belittling stereotypes about Muslim women and are, instead, using their personal relationship to their faith in a positive way to actually shift the national conversation about Islam. In the process, they are transforming the world in fresh and exhilarating ways.