#CanYouHearUsNow: Muslim women respond to Trump’s Khan statement
My voice is strong and I've advocated for women for years. #CanYouHearUsNow— Fatima Salaam (@gowomenglobal) August 1, 2016
I'm an outspoken, Muslim female journalist because I'm tired of mainstream media defaming, misrepresenting & silencing us. #CanYouHearUsNow— Rowaida Abdelaziz (@Rowaida_Abdel) August 1, 2016
The Central on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) came up with the idea following the backlash Trump received for implying that Khan hadn’t been “allowed” to speak, due to her faith. CAIR sought to show who Muslim women are and how they speak out.
32 year old muslim FEMALE radiologist. My words actually save lives, like when i describe a cancer, unlike yours, donald. #CanYouHearUsNow— shameem a (@emailshameem) August 1, 2016
The women involved shared their achievements and examples of exactly how they don’t say silent, with many challenging the Republican candidate about the strength of his own achievements in relation to theirs.
I'm a female Muslim lawyer.4 generations of women writers,doctors,lawyers in familyDon't dare say Muslim women don't speak!#CanYouHearUsNow— Sumbal Naqi (@ssnaqi) August 1, 2016
Others pointed to the many successful women who happen to be Muslim.
We have been heads of state, presidents of entire countries before it was a thing in the United States. #CanYouHearUsNow— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) August 1, 2016
One produced a stinging burn aimed at Melania Trump, who was accused of plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech in her RNC address.
As a Muslim woman, I'm guided by my faith to speak out for racial justice, educational equity, LGBT & women's rights. #CanYouHearUsNow— Rana Elmir (@elmirana) August 1, 2016
It wasn’t only Muslim women embracing the hashtag, as men and non-Muslim women shared their support.
I am not a Muslim woman but I love and respect you #CanYouHearUsNow contributors! Keep up the great work!!.— Barb-Wired (@babawoowa) August 1, 2016