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Two Muslim Women Work to Empower Others in Unconventional Sports

Muslim women Kulsoom Abdullah and Mariam Shareefy both found a sense of accomplishment by being involved in sports and are now helping to empower other women.
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Kulsoom Abdullah persuaded USA Weightlifting, and later the International Weightlifting Federation, to modify their dress codes, allowing Muslim women to compete while wearing a headscarf.
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Kulsoom Abdullah persuaded USA Weightlifting, and later the International Weightlifting Federation, to modify their dress codes, allowing Muslim women to compete while wearing a headscarf.

Kulsoom Abdullah's website, LiftingCovered.com, documents her weightlifting journey and her advocacy role in changing the sport's dress code to clothing that adheres to Muslim religious codes.
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Kulsoom Abdullah's website, LiftingCovered.com, documents her weightlifting journey and her advocacy role in changing the sport's dress code to clothing that adheres to Muslim religious codes.

Kulsoom Abdullah, 38, who comes from a very conservative area of Pakistan, became interested in recreational weightlifting in her early 20s.
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Kulsoom Abdullah, 38, who comes from a very conservative area of Pakistan, became interested in recreational weightlifting in her early 20s.

Kulsoom Abdullah's website, LiftingCovered.com, documents her weightlifting journey and her advocacy role in changing the sport's dress code to clothing that adheres to Muslim religious codes.
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Kulsoom Abdullah's website, LiftingCovered.com, documents her weightlifting journey and her advocacy role in changing the sport's dress code to clothing that adheres to Muslim religious codes.

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