Target: Jessica Sebor, Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Running Magazine
Goal: Applaud Women’s Running Magazine for featuring a hijabi woman on its cover.
Women’s Running has become the first American fitness magazine to feature a woman wearing hijab on its cover with its latest issue. Sign the petition to congratulate Women’s Running on its continued commitment to inclusiveness and diverse representation.
Rahaf Khatib, a Muslim, stay-at-home mother of three and avid runner is the founder of Run Like a Hijabi, an Instagram account aimed at encouraging other hijabi women (Muslim women who cover their entire bodies, except for their hands, feet, and face) to take up running. Khatib began the account after she noticed a lack of other hijabi women on race courses with her. She speculated that perhaps cultural expectations or difficulties finding modest fitness apparel discouraged these women from participating in running.
Khatib’s mission is to increase representation of hijabi women in running, so her being on the cover of Women’s Running is a huge step forward for her mission as well as for hijabi women in general. Often unfairly stereotyped and sidelined for being “old-fashioned” or “oppressed,” hijabi women have not had many opportunities for representation in mainstream American media. Khatib’s cover gives her exposure not only to women who are already interested in running, but to any woman who might catch sight of the cover while passing a newsstand.
Women’s Running has featured diverse women on its cover in the past, garnering praise for featuring a transgender woman, a woman with autism, and plus-size women on its cover. Sign our petition to commend the magazine for its continued commitment to promoting diverse representations of women.
Dear Ms. Sebor,
I am writing to commend you for Women’s Running’s continued commitment to representing diverse women on its cover. The cover featuring Rahaf Khatib serves both as an inspiration to hijabi women who may feel self-conscious about taking up running and as a means to smash stereotypes about Muslim women in America. I am incredibly impressed by Women’s Running’s approach to features and cover models and I hope you will continue to highlight many different women from diverse walks of life.
Rahaf Khatib’s mission–to highlight the experiences of hijabi runners–is an admirable one, and her appearance on the cover of Women’s Running will widen her reach and help her reach new audiences. Her obvious confidence, persistence, and athleticism also serve to demolish common stereotypes about hijabi and Muslim women being oppressed, subservient, or old-fashioned.
I am excited to see where Rahaf Khatib goes from here, and I can’t wait to see who Women’s Running will feature on its cover in the future.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Hijabis4ever