“I’m the last person to deny that oppression of Muslim women exists in certain parts of the world. Women can’t drive a car in Saudi Arabia and are required to veil. Girls were not allowed to go to school under Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. In the U.S., I marched to end the gender segregation at some mosques that forced women to enter through back doors and pray in back rooms.
But does this mean that all Muslim women, no matter where they live, don’t drive, don’t go to school, don’t achieve?
Take myself for an example. No matter how I stretch the stereotype that exists about me as a Muslim woman, I just don’t fit: I don’t veil; I’m not Arab but Indian; I’m controlling, not submissive (my husband will confirm this); and I hate to listen to whining, even from my four-year-old daughter.
And that right there is the issue: my young daughter…” -Samina Ali