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Amara Majeed

19-year-old Muslim American activist, founder of The Hijab Project, Author of The Foreigners

Amara Majeed is a 19-year-old Muslim American activist. She is the founder of "The Hijab Project," a global initiative that promotes the understanding and empowerment of Muslim women through social experimentation. Amara and her project have been featured by numerous media sources, including but not limited to Good Morning America, Bustle, The New York Times, Global News, BBC, MSNBC, The Baltimore Sun, Business Insider, Marie Claire Magazine, Yahoo!, and Seventeen Magazine. She earned a spot on Seventeen’s “Power Girls” list, which got her a full-page feature in the magazine. She recently appeared on Good Morning America as part of Amy Robach’s “Girl Power” series. She was named by Business Insider as one of the twenty Most Impressive High School Students Graduating in 2015. She was also named by BBC as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women of 2015, and was featured in the 2015 season of BBC’s “100 Women.” She wrote an open letter to Donald Trump, published by Seventeen—it has become widely successful, and Good Morning America and Daily Mail have remarked that the letter has gone “viral.” She was personally invited to the Senate Floor to receive an official citation for The Hijab Project. In an effort to empower Muslim women and get them more involved in business and politics, she created a network of English-speaking Americans to teach the English language to Muslim girls from around the world. She is a writer, and she has published her work with media outlets such as CNN, The Huffington Post, Seventeen.com, and Bustle. She has also published a book, The Foreigners, in an attempt to eradicate stereotypes about Muslims. She was named by Marie Claire Magazine as one of twelve Muslim women that shatter stereotypes through fashion. She was named by Salt Magazine as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women. She was named as “Brown Girl of the Month” by Brown Girl Magazine. Amara has lectured at a number of different events and universities. She lectured at Goucher College, Loyola University, the Omni Hotel at Yale University for the 2015 International "Informed and Strong" Summit, and Harvard University for the 2015 Ivy League Summit. Amara is a Global Ivy League Ambassador. She spent the summer interning at the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the U.S. Department of Education. Miss Majeed is currently a pre-law student at Brown University.

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