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YMCA Offers Women-Only Swim Hours For Muslim Women
by Megan Burks
Each Saturday, staff at the Copley YMCA in City Heights begin clearing out the pool and locker rooms early. They send their male lifeguards home and a female lifeguard and swim instructor clock on for a special after-hours lesson.
About 15 East African women and girls then file through the back doors for a women-only swim class. The YMCA began offering it this spring after moms and daughters in a group called City Heights Hope told the directors they can't swim in front of men because they're Muslim.
"We came here and I was just looking at the water and I was like, 'Wow, I wish one day we could come and swim here,'" said Miriam Adam, 14.
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