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March 21, 2020 4 min read

  • Dr. Sahar Shafi
  • Not only is she a Board Certified Periodontal & Implant Surgeon, Sahar is an inspirational woman who encourages others to take care of their physical and mental health by making small changes in day-to-day life. With nearly 20,000 followers on Instagram, she touches thousands of hearts with her personal stories of struggle — and how she copes with it.


  • Kaya Gravitter
  • Kaya has been writing stories since she was just 12 years old. Her love for writing along with certain experiences led her to publish her first book, “After She Said Yes” — aimed toward the women who speak up or are trying to speak up against their abusers. She recently published her second book, Fragments of the Heart, filled with poetry focused on the power of love.

  • Rania Abuisnaineh
  • A few years ago, Rania founded QuranImprints.com, a writing blog with thought-provoking and uplifting words for readers to tie back to the Holy book. She is also a curriculum developer for Yaqeen Institute!

  • Humayra Bobby
  • Based in Detroit, MI, Humayra recently founded her own skincare line called Boubi. In the span of just a few months, Boubi has been covered by all sorts of media platforms, including The Skinny, Divine Magazine, Detroit Lifestyle Magazine, and SEEN.


  • Ascia Sahar
  • Ascia’s work as a social media influencer is focused on helping her followers become more self-aware, as she takes them on a spiritual journey through the struggles she writes about and shares.


  • LaRita Dixon
  • LaRita created beautiful artwork for campaign titled “MUSLIMA: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices” for the Women’s UN Report. Her project’s theme was “Inspiring Muslim Women Shattering Stereotypes.”
    “In this work, I wanted to show the fun side of Muslims, to show people that we are just like everyone else,” she said.


  • Dr. Hawa Abdi Diblaawe
  • Not only a human rights activist (and physician!), Dr. Hawa is the founder of Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF), an NGO providing emergency relief to Somalia. To date, DHAF has helped nearly 2 million individuals.


  • Mona Haydar
  • This Syrian-American Muslim rapper has received recognition around the world for going against the grain and creating music that smashes patriarchal thoughts and ideologies.


  • Anousheh Ansari
  • This rock star (also an Iranian-American engineer) is known for being the first Muslim woman and first self-funded woman to go to space! She is specifically referred to as the “first female space tourist and space ambassador.”

  • Malia Bouattia
  • As the first Black Muslim woman to be elected national president of the National Union of Students (NUS) in the UK, Malia used a good amount of her time in office to call for greater diversity in candidates for the NUS.


  • Malala Yousafzai
  • At the age of 20, Malala became the youngest Nobel Prize Laureate. Widely known for her work in advocating female education, she is an inspiration to women of all ages, all around the world.


  • Baroness Sayeeda Warsi
  • Sayeeda made history as the first female Muslim to attend Cabinet — and she showed up in a shalwar kameez, the traditional Pakistani dress. She continued to stay true to her values, and resigned from the House of Lords due to the government’s policy on Gaza in 2014.


  • Margari Aziza
  • Margari is the Co-founder and Programming Director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC). She also works as an assistant editor at Alt Muslimah, a columnist for Muslim Matters, and is the co-founder of “Muslims Make it Plain”.

  • Funmi Abari
  • At only 16, Funmi became the first non-elected member of the House of Commons to make a speech in the House of Commons. A few years later, she set up Equal Empowerment Project, aiming to serve communities by combatting cultural norms that feed into sexual abuse in Gambia.


  • Willow Wilson
  • Willow is one of the core women behind the Ms. Marvel series — the first to feature a Muslim-American superhero as the title character. She has also written books for young adults, along with a memoir about her conversion to Islam.


  • M. Hasna Maznavi
  • In 2015, Hasna and her co-founders opened The Women’s Mosque of America, which they refer to as the country’s first mosque for women only. “This is not a space for women running away from Muslim men,” she said. “It’s a place that seeks to uplift all Muslims by empowering women.”

  • Ameena Karaja
  • Author of Light.er, Ameena is a Lebanese-Candian writer and educator. She has a passion for helping others, which led her to teaching illiterate Syrian refugees in Lebanon and dedicating Light.er, her first book of poetry and prose, to helping orphans and widowed women around the world.

  • Laxmi Agarwal
  • Laxmi was a victim of an acid attack, a crime that targets several women in Southeast Asia. Laxmi decided to use her struggle to help other victims, so she launched a campaign called “Stop Acid Attacks”. Her petition to curb acid sales won over nearly 30,000 signatures.

  • Obiageli Ezekwesili
  • Although she is known worldwide for leading the #BringBackOurGirls campaign (for the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram), Obiageli also has a voice in leading Nigerian politics as co-founder of Transparency International, former Federal Minister of Education, and VP of the World Bank’s Africa division.


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