Muslim women create US Congress history

Lamar Ellis
November 8, 2018

Michigan's Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota's Ilhan Omar both made history Tuesday by winning their elections and becoming the first Muslim women to be elected to the U.S. Congress.

Among those elected was Somali-American, Ilhan Omar, who easily won the election in Minnesota district.

"We believe that together - together we can organize around the politics of hope and make sure that not only do we have the America we believe in, but the America we deserve", Omar said at her victory party in August, according to the Star-Tribune.

Omar, the first Somali-American Muslim to be elected to the Minnesota legislature or any elected office in the United States, is also part of a historic wave of women looking to clinch higher.

Born in Mogadishu, and raised in Baydhabo, Somalia, Omar gained global attention in 2016 when she became the first Somali-American to be elected to a state legislature.

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"Trump was a bit of a Bat-Signal for women in general of being engaged", she says, talking while out on the campaign trail in Detroit.

The 2018 Midterms may well go down in US history as an election of firsts, with historic wins for Muslims, women, and LGBTQ candidates.

In New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old Bronx native and self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, became the youngest women ever elected to Congress.

Also elected for the first time in MA was a black Congresswoman.

Rashida Tlaib is the Detroit-born daughter of Palestinian immigrants -the eldest of 14 children.

On Tuesday night Democrats won control of the House, delivering a major blow to Trump in the first election since he became president in 2016.

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