Ayaan Hirsi Ali
An outspoken defender of women's rights in Islamic societies, Ms. Hirsi Ali escaped an arranged marriage in Somalia by immigrating to the Netherlands in 1992, and served as a member of the Dutch parliament from 2003 to 2006. In 2004, she and director Theo van Gogh made Submission, a film about the oppression of women in conservative Islamic cultures. The airing of the film on Dutch television resulted in the assassination of van Gogh by an Islamic extremist. Ms. Hirsi Ali now lives in the US where she is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
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