Americans elect Muslim women to Congress for the first time

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

Self-described Democratic Socialist Ilhan Omar won Minnesota's 5th District race, where she easily defeated Republican activist Jennifer Zielinski on a platform that includes health care for all and a $15 minimum wage.

According to the former refugee, President Trump's politics of fear motivated her to get in the race, Aljazeera reported on Wednesday, November 7.

Omar made history in 2016 when she was elected the first Somali-American legislator in the US, for which she was featured in Firsts, TIME's multimedia project on trailblazing women have broken glass ceilings in their respective fields. "And that if you just believe, believe in the possibility of someone like me".

She is expected to share the honour with Somali-American Ilhan Omar, who was leading the opinion polls in Minnesota.

Since leaving the Legislature, Tlaib has worked as an attorney for the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice. I will be using my position in Congress so that no country, not one, should be able to get aid from the USA when they still promote that kind of injustice. "I am for making sure that every single person there has every right to thrive".

Tlaib was endorsed by filmmaker Michael Moore and Sen. "Because this is about electing the jury to impeach @POTUS and I will make a heck of juror", Tlaib said in a tweet aimed at U.S. President Donald Trump. Separate but equal does not work. The 36-year-old moved to America at the age of 12 as a refugee from Somalia. "This whole idea of a two-state solution, it doesn't work".

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. DFL is the state's Democratic Party. Along with being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, Omar is the first Somali-American elected to the post.

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