When Robin Yassin-Kassab met his wife Rana in Syria, where half of the women wore the hijab, he thought she shared his liberal values because she did not cover her head. But five years into their marriage Rana decided to start wearing the hijab, against her husband's wishes. "What really bothered me was people thinking Rana wore it because I forced her to," says Robin. Rana says before she began wearing the scarf, "I had not realized how much I had used the way I looked to get me places, be it in a job interview or at a party." She credits wearing the headscarf with making her develop her personality, and says that over time her husband has, "realized that this is what I want and he's given me the freedom to do it." [The Guardian]
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