Meet the First Muslim Women in Congress!
What does the outcome of this year’s midterm elections mean for the future of our country? This election holds records for the most money from women donors, most female candidates ever, and highest turnout for voters in decades! Democrats won the House of Representatives with 231 out of 435 seats! Many firsts were made in this election, including the two first Muslim Women in Congress- Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar!
Rashida Tlaib was raised in Southwest Detroit by her Palestinian parents, along with her 13 younger siblings. She has served as an attorney and a member of the Michigan House of Representatives. In 2016, Tlaib attended a luncheon for Donald Trump in Michigan, where she got kicked out for standing up and questioning Trump during the luncheon. Following this and her primary win, she promised to “fight back against every racist and oppressive structure that needs to be dismantled," including the Presidential administration. Tlaib ran unopposed for the 13th Congressional District of Michigan that was formally held by Rep. John Conyers for more than 50 years. Tlaib’s plan is to continue to fight for economic justice, medicare for all, environmental protection and education.
Ilhan Omar came to the US at age 12 with a refugee status from Somalia. She became a nutrition educator at the University of Minnesota, and took leadership roles in local politics and campaigns. Omar now represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, and is the first women of color to serve as a Representative from Minnesota. Additionally, Omar is the first hijabi in Congress. A few things the congresswomen plans is to guarantee public education, healthcare coverage, economic justice, create a just immigration system, and invest in art and humanities.