Dear Readers and Allies,
I’m proud to announce on International Women’s Day that our award-winning platform is on a new course with the following changes:
- Starting March 2022, we’re opening paid pitches so more Muslim women writers are compensated for their writing.
- We’re shifting gears on publishing frequency to give our team the space to focus on quality instead of the hamster wheel of internet media.
- We’re offering free writing workshops to Muslim Girl writers to equip them with the skills they need to break into the industry.
Being a minority-run woman-founded media platform has presented unique challenges to gaining the support we need and deserve. As many of our partners and supporters know, our paid staff has mostly overseen a team of volunteer writers in large part due to our difficulty in establishing a sustainable model in today’s market. As we’ve heard countless times, the odds of mainstream success as an entrepreneurial project — let alone one launched from a teen bedroom — are already wildly tough, and even more so unprecedented for a largely misunderstood faith-based community.
Being a minority-run woman-founded media platform has presented unique challenges to gaining the support we need and deserve.
Reaching this milestone in our journey is in large part due to the enduring sisterhood we’ve forged of women from a new generation that insist on sharing our thoughts, opinions and voices to challenge the misconceptions of our experiences. It’s because of this trust in our mission that Muslim Girl has become a safe space for taboo conversations and identities from all weeks of life to be seen and heard — with the undeniable demand to present our narratives on our terms.
Muslim Girl has brought on some of the best partners in the world to completely transform the media landscape for how our stories are told. We’ve innovated a pipeline to countless opportunities for young Muslim women to break into some of the most visible mainstream conversations. Today, Muslim Girl alumni are at the forefront of our representation and have gone on to do what others said was impossible. It’s why USA Today recently profiled Muslim Girl as one of the most influential forces for American Muslims since 9/11.
Muslim Girl alumni are at the forefront of our representation and have gone on to do what others said was impossible.
It’s not lost on me the powerfulness of Muslim Girl not only surviving insurmountable odds, but also thriving. Our biggest accomplishment is being able to preserve Muslim Girl has a 100% Muslim-owned and independent company that our community can proudly call its own — one that will forever insist, against all odds, that Muslim Women Talk Back.
With relentless love,