Tag: Fashion

Can American Companies Refuse to Hire Women in Hijab?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case brought by a young Muslim from Tulsa, Okla., against retail giant Abercrombie & Fitch; a ruling is expected later this year. Samantha Elauf’s attorneys claim that when she applied for a job at age 17, she was discriminated against because she wore a hijab (in violation of the storewide “look” policy). Was there really no way for the company to innovate a solution that incorporated Elauf’s right to religious expression? Watch my video below for......

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Israeli and Palestinian Women Design New Patterns for Peace

Whatever you feel about the political biases of the 24/7 media, the fact that the only news we see about Israelis and Palestinians is of hate, violence, destruction and death makes it easy to despair about the seemingly insoluble conflict. Despair is not just the greatest sin, but it’s really a failure of human imagination. The vitriol and enmity that grows each day, as people are traumatized by war, is very real – but it is not the only story. There are plenty of Israelis and Palestinians building bridges. Hearing their stories,......

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How a Fashion Photo Inspired Hope in the Jewish and Muslim Communities

Meet sisters-in-law Mimi Hecht and Mushky Notik. Struggling to find clothes that were stylish but still as modest as Orthodox custom requires “they took matters into their own hands and set out to create the ultimate pieces they needed for their wardrobe” and founded a small clothing line Mimu Maxi in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. (Interestingly, they let their “com-MIMU-nity” of women help vote on designs – not exactly what one expects from traditionalists!) Now meet Summer Albarcha, a popular Muslim fashion blogger who goes by the name “Hipster Hijabis“. She promotes trendy......

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