There’s nothing worse than not being able to speak for yourself.
Muslim American women who choose to wear the hijab face this problem every day. Because their voices are not often heard in the media, the veil is often misunderstood. Women who wear the garment may be discriminated against, or even be targeted for hate crimes.
Last month, a group of women were forced to leave a coffee shop in Laguna – because, they say, they were wearing hijab. A manager said they had violated the eatery's policy allowing just a 45-minute stay during peak times, but the women say there were empty seats nearby.
We asked some women who wear the hijab to tell us their stories, in their own words.