Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee who was one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress earlier this month, has joined Democratic leaders in drafting an update to a 181-year-old rule to allow for religious exemptions for headwear like the Muslim hijab, Jewish yarmulkes or Sikh turban.
And while Kenyans were mesmerized by former Dadaab refugee Ilhan Omar win in Minnesota and rightfully so, one woman’s victory caught my attention.
They counted African-Americans, Asian-Americans, even a couple of Muslim Americans who included a young Somali-American, Ilhan Omar.
Imagine my joy this week when I read about Ms Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American elected to US Congress.
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib become first two Muslim American women elected to US congress Here's what you need to know about the first two Muslim women elected to the US Congress, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
World Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib become first Muslim women in US Congress chicago, A onetime Somali refugee and the daughter of Palestinian immigrants shared the historic distinction Tuesday of becoming the first two Muslim women elected to the US Congress.
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women and Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland the first native American women to be elected to Congress.
Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar won their races in Detroit and Minneapolis to become the first Muslim-American women in the House of Representatives.
The class of 2019 includes the youngest congressional women in history, 29-year-olds Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York and Abby Finkenauer from Iowa, as well as the first two Native American women, and the first two Muslim women, Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib and Somali-American Ilhan Omar.
Ilhan Omar, who has spoken openly about her time as a refugee in Kenya, was elected as the first Muslim woman to represent the State of Minnesota in Congress in Tuesday’s election.