Photographs of Muslim women wearing the American flag as hijab – or headscarf –were abundant in the media coverage of the Women’s March. These pictures were not meant to signify difference or controversy; they were rather embraced as a sign of collective activism against a newly elected president, seen by many as divisive and autocratic. Although the politics of dress concerning Muslim women, who wear the hijab or other religious identifier, has been particularly problematic of late, the recent Women’s March embraced its hijab-wearing women as part of a defiant inclusive collective. The blend of pink “pussy hats”, rainbow flags, and the different-coloured hijabs presented a united subversive narrative to that of Trump: Despite our differences, we unite to defend each other’s existence and rights. The Women’s March converted the individual markers of “otherness” into signifiers of affinity in a protest against all forms of injustice.
|Journal||Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
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