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Making Space in Social Media: #MuslimWomensDay in Twitter

TitleMaking Space in Social Media: #MuslimWomensDay in Twitter
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsPennington, R
JournalJournal of Communication Inquiry

At the end of Women’s History Month 2017, social media sites were filled with posts using the hashtag #MuslimWomensDay. Muslim women have often been framed in media as either victims of a violent faith and its believers or enablers of that violence, rarely are they given the space to tell their own stories. The #MuslimWomensDay hashtag was designed to draw attention to the stories and experiences of Muslim women. This qualitative textual analysis of approximately 300 tweets explores how Twitter users deployed the #MuslimWomensDay hashtag in their posts in order to understand the story users told of what it means to be a Muslim woman as well as what narratives of Islam they had to fight against.