For the first time in history, two Muslim women are to enter congress.
Congratulations to my sister @RashidaTlaib on your victory!
I cannot wait to serve with you, inshallah. 🙏🏾
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 7, 2018
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.