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Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Make History in the USA as Congress Members

by in World on 5th January, 2019

The new year has welcomed the loud murmurs of change in the USA, the 116th Congress is a lot more representative of the US population, there are a record 102 women from Muslim, Latino, Native American and African American backgrounds. Amongst the women are two Muslim women, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib took their oath on a 1734 English translated Qur’an that belonged to the former president Thomas Jefferson. The Quran was amongst the 6,487 books in Thomas Jefferson’s private library.

While Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American in the National legislature, Omar also comes in with a first as a Somali-American elected into Congress. Both women also chose to represent their cultures by the fabric and dress choices they made.

Tlaib wore a traditional Thobe known for its unique patterns and regional styles which date back to 1200 BC whilst Omar wore a hijab that was representative of Somali culture, Alindi fabric is a traditional cotton cloth from Somalia which is brightly coloured. Omar’s hijab was the first to grace the house floor, there had been a 181-year ban, since 1837, on headwear of any type in the chamber, and today was the first day this was lifted.
Selina Bakkar

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