Samantha Elauf, the Muslim woman from Tulsa who won a Supreme Court case against clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch after they didn’t hire her when she showed up to a job interview wearing a headscarf, dined with President Obama Monday night during the White House’s annual Iftar dinner.
It’s the seventh Iftar hosted by the president, a breaking of the fast at sunset during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Elauf was one of eight guests seated at the president’s table during the event with a special focus this year on young leaders and women.
“She was determined to defend the right to wear a hijab – to have the same opportunities as everybody else,” Obama told attendees gathered in the East Room. “She went all the way to the Supreme Court – which I didn’t do at her age – and she won.”
The high court sided with Elauf, who wore the headscarf in accordance with her religion.