There are hundreds of influential people around the world. They advocate political views, religious views, human rights, education, etc. Muslim women have finally caught up to make an impact. Here is a list of Muslim women who revolutionized the world:

1. Ibtihaj Muhammad 

Muhammad is the first hijab-wearing Muslim woman to compete in the Olympics and win a bronze medal. Not only has she made a name for herself in the sport of fencing, but she has also used her fame as a platform for change. She was named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential list in 2016. “Muhammad speaks regularly in keynote, fireside and panel formats around a range of topics including diversity and inclusion, technology, leadership, activism, overcoming obstacles, entrepreneurship, fashion, and beauty.” She has partnered with Nike, Visa, and much more to promote those ideologies. She has also worked with Mattel to create the first hijabi barbie, calling it “a childhood dream come true.” If that wasn’t enough, entrepreneurship is crossed off her list with her clothing line known as “Louella.” To top it all off, she has a memoir called, Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream in which she talks about her struggles and perseverance to reach success. 

2. Linda Sarsour

Sarsour is a Palestinian- American political activist based in New York. She was also named in Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential list in 2017. She was co-chair of the Women’s Marched in 2017 and 2019 and the former Executive Director of the Arab- American Association of New York. Despite being constantly attacked and labeled as anti-Semitist, she has is still committed to “criminal justice reform through direct action and policy advocacy.” Through the Obama Administration, she has also won one of her several recognitions, the Champion of Change award.


3. Malala Yousafzai

Perhaps the most tragic success story on this list, Yousafzai endured a threat on her life to eventually receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in December of 2014. At a young age, she became the voice of young girls advocating the right to an education in Pakistan. In 2012, she was shot in the head on her school bus by a gunman hunting her down. For her safety, she along with her family were settled in the United Kingdom. After the incident, she created the Malala Fund, which is a charity that advocates quality free education. She is now studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford. Aside from that, she travels, “too many countries to meet girls fighting poverty, wars, child marriage, and gender discrimination to go to school.” Her work spans to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Brazil, Nigeria, and the Syrian region.

4. Manal Rostom

Rostom created a ripple when she appeared in a Nike commercial wearing the hijab, religious headwear for Muslim women. While some cheered her on, others were uphauled by the idea of advertising a garment that is considered oppressive to the general public. She told DW news, “I don’t think of it as whether it’s important or not, I just see it as a woman who has chosen to look a certain way and is going about her life the way that she wants to, whether it’s to run a marathon, or climb a mountain, or get a fancy job … it just shouldn’t mean anything whether she does it with or without a hijab.”

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These Muslim women revolutionized the world through their passion for change and acceptance. Women around the world, Muslim or not, are making a change for acceptance of a specific ideology or through their humanitarianism to help those who need it most.