Firstly, I would like to take a paragraph to congratulate a young feminist who actually teaches us what principles actually mean.
Here is a young woman, who has decided to skip an event that would have advanced her highly rarified career a great deal and is risking losing it all on a matter of principle. And in a manner which only hurts herself. This is the true definition of “martyr”, as opposed to the Islamic degradation and inversion of the term. She did this in a world where some people who even understand the issue of the danger of Islam in the world, won’t even skip a single meal at a halal restaurant because they like the Chicken there. This woman actually gave up a lot. So full kudos to you Ms. Paikidze. I bet there is a huge community out there willing to support you in various ways once they understand that you are ready to pay for your principled choices.
After all. If principles were cheap, we would all have them. Right?
US Chess Champion: I’d Rather Sacrifice My Career Than Be Forced to Wear a Hijab
The the reigning US Women’s Chess Champion has said she would rather sacrifice her career than submit to demands to wear a hijab at the next world championship.
Paikidze admitted that the decision will harm her career, but said that doing the bidding of an oppressive regime in order to compete is not a price worth paying.
What a refreshing change from the official US position, hijabs for everyone.