On 6th November, Americans marked history by electing two Muslim women Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to represent Americans in the Congress. Earlier, some Muslim men have been elected in the Congress but interestingly, this is the first time that Muslim women have been elected in the US House of Representatives.
Both Muslim women – Ilhan Omar, 37, and Rashida Tlaib, 42 are Democrats from the Midwest and blunt advocates and supporter of Human rights and minority communities. Moreover, both have found themselves in the sights of US President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies.
Palestinian-American Tlaib, elected to Congress unopposedly as no other candidate came forward to challenge her. She won Michigan’s 13th congressional district in a contest in which she was the only major party candidate and won unopposed. She was born on July 24, 1976, to Palestinian immigrants in Detroit – she is the eldest of 14 children. Tlaib has supported universal health care, a $15 national minimum wage, union protections, and tuition-free college education.
A Somali refugee, Ilhan Omar won a House seat in a strongly Democratic fifth congressional district in Minneapolis, Minnesota, replacing Keith Ellison who was himself the first Muslim ever elected to Congress and won 6 times from here.
Ilhan, 37, was born in Somalia, on October 4, 1981. In 2016, she won a Democratic Party member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, marking her the first Somali-American legislator elected to a public office in the US. Ilhan won the Democratic primary on August 14, 2018, and took part in the election on a party ticket.
She was against Trump’s limited immigration policies, encourages a universal health care system, and wants to eliminate US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which has conducted deportation raids.