Inspiring Muslim Women: Dalia Mogahed, the First Hijabi in the White House

In this series, we put inspiring Muslim women in the spotlight. Women who contributed to society with their many achievements. A woman that can’t be overlooked here is Dalia Mogahed. In 2009, she became the first hijabi in the White House, when she was appointed to a position in President Barack Obama’s administration.

In early April 2009, Obama signed an executive order setting up a new body at the White House called the “Office of Religious Partnerships” to support religious institutions and strengthen inter-faith dialogue and government ties. Dalia Mogahed became a part of this administration and received a seemingly impossible task: to improve the United States’ perception towards Muslims. At the end of her term, she had the chance to formulate recommendations on Muslim outreach in an advisory report to the President.

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As for being the first veiled woman in the White House, Mogahed told Al Arabiya News: “Hijab was not an issue. What the Obama administration is after is sound advice on how to engage American citizens in a common cause.”

While serving as an advisor, Mogahed kept her full time job a as head of Gallup’s Center for Muslim Studies, a non-governmental research center providing data-driven analysis on the views of Muslim populations around the world.

In 2008, she co-authored “Who speaks for Islam? What a billion Muslims really think” with John. L. Esposito. Right now, she’s Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a nonprofit think tank which produces research on American Muslims and Muslim communities around the world.

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An inspiration to many!

Written by Hanan Challouki

Hanan Challouki

Co-founder of Mvslim | Graduated with a Masters degree in Strategic Communications and addicted to storytelling. Owner of a flawless memory.

  • mohamed Hammi

    this is interesting

    Hope all Muslim girls wearing Hijab