Linda Sarsour

Career:Political activist
Education:Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn College

Linda Sarsour is a Palestinian-American political activist and former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, and a national co-chair of the Women's March on Washington.

Sarsour was born in 1980 in Brooklyn, New York. After being placed in an arranged marriage at the age of 17, Sarsour attended college at Kingsborough Community College and Brooklyn College with the goal of becoming an English teacher.

Shortly before the September 11 attacks, Sarsour began volunteering at the Arab American Association of New York. Her activism has included defending the civil rights of Muslim Americans following the attacks, protesting police surveillance of Muslim Americans and a push to recognize Muslim holidays in public schools. In 2005, Sarsour became executive director of AAANY. As director, she advocated for passage of the Community Safety Act in New York, which created an independent office to review police policy and expanded the definition of bias-based profiling in New York. Following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, Sarsour helped organize the Muslim community response and Black Lives Matter protests, and has worked extensively with BLM since. Along with Teresa Shook and Bob Bland, Sarsour co-chaired the 2017 Women's March. Sarsour was also a co-chairwoman of the 2017 Day Without a Woman strike and protest.

Following the 2017 Women's March, Sarsour was named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People."