The nation’s first two Muslim congresswomen are sworn in, surrounded by the women they inspired

t_5db28196b09d4ea480942e8afd80e75b_name_screen_shot_2019_01_03_at_6_10_09_pmSource: The Washington Post

January 3

Khadra Mohamud stood in Rep. Ilhan Omar’s brand-new congressional office Thursday, taking in a new scene in American politics — a crowd of supporters, the majority of them women, many of them in hijabs, celebrating the swearing-in of a Muslim woman as a member of Congress.

“[This means] everything to us,” said Mohamud, 28, who volunteered for Omar’s campaign and traveled from the Democrat’s state of Minnesota to be there for her swearing-in. “It means we can get into politics and make it to the highest level.”

Not far away, a similar scene was unfolding in the office of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). Omar and Tlaib were elected in November, in the midterm elections that swept in a more diverse and more female class of representatives. The two are the first women of their faith elected to Congress.

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