7 Lies We Need to Stop Telling About Women Who Wear Hijabs – Mic

Wow, what a great post about showing the truths about Muslim women (as opposed to strengthening stereotypes) and hijabs. This post is via “A Broad’s View,” and I found it via “Aisha’s Oasis.”

A Broad's View

7 Lies We Need to Stop Telling About Women Who Wear Hijabs – Mic.

By Laila Alawa via Identities.mic

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7 Lies We Need to Stop Telling About Women Who Wear Hijabs
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Imagine a Muslim woman and you’ll most likely picture a hijab, the head covering worn by some Muslim women across the globe.

The hijab is not the most important part of being a Muslim woman, but it is certainly the most visible. In a time when Islamophobia only seems to be on the rise in the West, a practice that is so personal and diverse has become a warped and misunderstood part of a flat and monolithic picture of Muslim women.

As Islam becomes more and more wrapped up in public debates about foreign policy, integration and immigration, the hijab has quickly become shorthand for a set of stereotypes that neither represent nor capture the experience of being…

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Made with Code initiative: How will it affect the next generation of women?

Women coders unite

Women can code too! Photo source: Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland, CC BY 4.0, via Flickr

Have you ever considered creating technology or working with code? According to a recent Google Official Blog post, not many high schools girls are thinking about it. The post explains that only about one percent of high school girls plan to go on to major in computer science. While I was surprised (in a disappointed way) by that low number, I was surprised (in a good way) by hearing about the Made with Code initiative.

What is Made with Code?

This campaign is one that aims to get girls more interested in computer science. That involves learning code and more. So, it’s more than simply playing with smartphones and browsing the web – it’s about sparking interest in technology.

Made with Code is a Google initiative that is done in partner with Chelsea Clinton (hello future blog post!), Mindy Kaling (awesome 101!), the National Center for Women & Information Technology, TechCrunch and other notable organizations. Coders are a-coming, if this initiative has its way!

How to get more girls focused on coding

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5 Surprising facts about singer Gwen Stefani

She sings to the crowd

Gwen Stefani in concert at Forum, Copenhagen. Photo source: Laust Ladefoged, CC By 4.0, via Flickr

Singer Gwen Stefani is a woman of many talents, from songwriter to fashion designer and Mom of three boys. While many of her achievements are well-known, including her Grammy nod in 2006 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, here are five surprising facts you may not know about the American singer… yet.

1. Gwen Stefani has ska music roots

Did you know that her on-again, off-again music group No Doubt has ska roots? Yes, when the group first formed in 1986, they primarily did ska type music. Over time, as the group released albums, they picked up punk, pop and rock sounds that made for original hit songs such as “Hey Baby” and “Spiderwebs.”  Continue reading