Donald Trump’s shocking proposal to temporarily bar entry to Muslim immigrants has been met with widespread condemnation and ridicule. Putting aside the questionable constitutionality, bigotry and the utter impracticality of the idea, we thought a little thought exercise is in order since Trump is standing defiant in the face of criticism. Here’s a look at some of the famous and accomplished women who would be denied entry into the U.S. This is a simple thought experiment, and the below list is not exhaustive and says nothing of the millions of everyday Muslims from all walks of life who are decent, hardworking people that would be impacted by such a xenophobic plan.
Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai
Malala, people. Is The Donald really feeling threatened by Malala, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who survived a brutal attack by the Taliban and all-around good kid?
Queen Rania of Jordan
Queen Rania has been a guest on our stage (check out her panel from our London Summit in October). She has also been very outspoken on dispelling stereotypes faced by Muslims and Arabs and has been a TV guest of Oprah Winfrey — a onetime friend of Trump.
Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga
Ruh-roh. Barring another country’s president from entering the U.S. could make for a serious diplomatic mess. Jahjaga, 40, is a former policewoman, and in 2011 became the first woman to be elected president of Kosovo.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Hasina just visited New York City in September to attend the U.N. General Assembly. Woops, under the Trump plan she’d be forced to sit out that annual event.
Professional tennis player Aravane Rezaï
Rezaï was born in France to parents who immigrated there from Iran. In 2010, she rose into the top rankings by the WTA and she’s competed in the U.S. Open multiple times. So, returning to that competition would be a problem.
Nobel Peace Prize recipient Tawakkol Karman
Karman is a journalist and human rights activist from Yemen who, at the time, was the first Arab woman and only the second Muslim woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She was recognized in 2011 for her work in women’s rights and safety of women. At 32, she was also the youngest peace prize winner until Malala was honored with the award.
French soccer star Jessica Houara
Houara, 27, was a key member of France’s World Cup team earlier this year, and also created a stir with a photo showing her wearing a hijab — an open nod to her Muslim faith. She scored her first international goal against the U.S. team earlier this year — on a spectacular shot — so, no more sensational highlights if Trump has his way.
Pop star Yuna Zarai
The 29-year-old singer from Malaysia rose to prominence after appearing on an American Idol-like singing show. Since then, she’s had some success breaking into U.S. music charts and her song “Live Your Life” was produced by Pharrell Williams. Further collaborations with American music heavyweights and concert tours through the U.S. would certainly be complicated by Trump’s plan.