By Masih Alinejad and Roya Hakakian April 7
Alinejad is the author of “The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in
Modern Iran” and the founder of the #WhiteWednesdays campaign in Iran.
Roya Hakakian is co-founder of the Iran Human Rights Documentation
Center and author of the memoir “Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood
Caught in Revolutionary Iran.”
In an interview
for the April issue of Vogue Arabia, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said,
“To me, the hijab means power, liberation, beauty and resistance.” As
two women who once lived with the mandatory hijab in Iran, we hope to
bring another perspective to this complex matter by describing our
There are two vastly different
kinds of hijabs: the democratic hijab, the head covering that a woman
chooses to wear, and the tyrannical hijab, the one that a woman is
forced to wear.