Washington D.C.

Oh, DC… The only city where we really ran in to trouble. The irony. There is nothing like a torrential downpour, a stubborn officer nearly kicking us off of the capital grounds and a $150 dollar Lyft ride to rain on your already rained on parade.  But our spirits were lifted by the women whose passions led them to the heart of democracy with real plans to deliver a better country:  Malika, a Muslim American journalist for Al Jazeera TV, Shauna an environmental engineer making her mark in a male-dominated industry, and Molly and Charis who are working towards their graduate degrees to better serve their communities. In a time when it’s often hard to imagine progress being made, after spending time with these ladies, I have more faith than ever. - Shari

Malika Bilal, 33 JOURNALIST FOR AL JAZEERA ENGLISH “There are times I feel more conspicuous about being Muslim, especially after there has been an incident involving someone claiming to be Muslim. Other times, it’s like, This is the United States, founded on religious freedom, and this is as much my country as anyone else’s. I take precautions. Like, I won’t walk along the train platform very close to the edge.”

Malika Bilal, 33
JOURNALIST FOR AL JAZEERA ENGLISH

“There are times I feel more conspicuous about being Muslim, especially after there has been an incident involving someone claiming to be Muslim. Other times, it’s like, This is the United States, founded on religious freedom, and this is as much my country as anyone else’s. I take precautions. Like, I won’t walk along the train platform very close to the edge.”