Meet Rashida Tlaib and Il­han Omar, the first Mus­lim women elected to US Con­gress

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WOMEN MADE his­tory in the United States last week. On 6 Novem­ber, the first-ever Mus­lim women were elected to serve for the Democrats in Con­gress dur­ing the coun­try’s midterm elec­tions.

Min­nesota’s Il­han Omar is the na­tion’s first So­mali-Amer­i­can leg­is­la­tor, while Michi­gan’s

Rashida Tlaib is the first Pales­tinian woman in Con­gress.

Il­han’s story could be con­sid­ered the Amer­i­can Dream. She and her fam­ily fled the civil war in So­ma­lia, first spend­ing four years in a refugee camp in Kenya be­fore com­ing to the United States in 1995. When Omar first ar­rived at 12 years-old, she spoke no English, yet went on to make his­tory as the first hi­jabi in Con­gress, the first So­mali-Amer­i­can leg­is­la­tor, and one of the first Mus­lim women in Con­gress. An in­cred­i­bly im­pres­sive feat, we think you’ll agree.

Il­han has also ad­dressed the Is­lam­o­pho­bic ha­tred she re­ceives, say­ing, “I don’t re­ally give space to peo­ple who are at­tack­ing me based on my iden­ti­ties”.

Mean­while, Rashida, born to Pales­tinian par­ents,made her mark in the his­tory books in 2008 when she be­came the first Mus­lim woman to be elected State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, where she helped se­cure mil­lions of dol­lars for free health clin­ics, meal­son-wheels pro­grammes for se­nior cit­i­zens, and ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing.

She is a strong critic of

Pres­i­dent Trump, and has vowed to “fight back against ev­ery racist and op­pres­sive struc­ture that needs to be dis­man­tled”.

Fol­low­ing the vic­tory, Rashida also thanked sup­port­ers for “be­liev­ing in the pos­si­bil­ity of this mo­ment.” We just got goose bumps.

Rashida says Mus­lim chil­dren will know they can suc­ceed be­ing them­selves

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