Muslim women are shrouded in misconceptions. Many of us victimize them and create our own unfounded image of them as unhappy and oppressed. From the information we gather in the media, we assume that they are not respected or valued by their male counterparts.

We could not be further from the truth.

Muslim women are first and foremost women. Women with families, careers, ambitions, dreams, and friends. Women who like to wear make-up and take selfies. Women go to college and universities. Women who, more often than not, choose to wear a hijab.

So, why do we continuously opt to see all Muslim women through the same stereotypical lens?

Bustle interviewed several Muslim women for them to explain the reality of their day-to-day lives. What they have to say may surprise you.