First Muslim Women elected to Congress

 

For the first time in history, two Muslim women are to enter congress.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are set to become the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress [AP Photo]

 

Who are they?

Talib is the nation’s first Palestinian- American in Congress, and one of the two first Muslim women. She is a Democratic-Socialist who served on the state legislature from 2009 to 2014 and ran her congressional primary campaign supporting Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage and abolishing Ice. Tlaib was famously escorted from a Trump rally in 2016 as she shouted questions at the candidate, asking him if he had ever read the constitution.

She made history in 2008 by winning a seat on the Michigan Legislature, becoming the first Muslim woman to do so.

Following a powerful campaign, Tlaib took Michigan’s 13th congressional district in a race in which she was the sole major party candidate.

Her campaign platform included pledges to secure a $15 minimum wage, preventing cuts to welfare programmes, such as Medicare and Social Security, as well as stopping tax relief to large corporations.

 

Ilhan Omar, also the first Somali-American in Congress and one of two Muslim woman is a former refugee who spent the last four years as a state legislator. There, she pushed a progressive agenda, including a $15 minimum wage and subsidizing higher education costs for low-income students.

Omar, who arrived in the US at the age of 14 after fleeing civil war in Somalia, campaigned for universal healthcare and tuition-free colleges.

 

 

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