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Muslim Girl Scouts

By: Ben Preiss - Published: Nov 29, 2007   Updated: Apr 12 2011 • References: nytimes
Muslim Girls tend to feel more alienated than Muslim boys because of their conservative dress. When they wear the traditional green Girl Scout sash, they feel more accepted by mainstream American society.

According to Neil MacFarquhar from the New York Times,

"Sometimes when Asma Haidara, a 12-year-old Somali immigrant, wants to shop at Target or ride the Minneapolis light-rail system, she puts her Girl Scout sash over her everyday clothes, which usually include a long skirt worn over pants as well as a swirling head scarf.

She has discovered that the trademark green sash — with its American flag, troop number (3009) and colorful merit badges — reduces the number of glowering looks she draws from people otherwise bothered by her traditional Muslim dress.

“When you say you are a girl scout, they say, 'Oh, my daughter is a girl scout, too,' and then they don't think of you as a person from another planet,” said Asma, a slight, serious girl with a bright smile. “They are more comfortable about sitting next to me on the train.”"