Source: Huffington Post
By Sarah Ruiz-Grossman
“My sadness is the sadness of my sisters here in Congress. And their success is my success,” the congresswoman told Ava DuVernay for Interview magazine.
In an interview with director Ava DuVernay, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) talked about how she and other congresswomen ― especially the group of barrier-breaking, progressive freshmen ― support each other in their work in Washington, D.C.
“There are lots of text threads. There is a lot of hugging and high-fiving,” Omar said in the conversation published Wednesday in Interview magazine.
“We are also developing a sisterhood with many of the members who are our seniors here.”
Omar name-dropped some of the other freshman Democrats who made history alongside her in the November elections: Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) was one of the nation’s first Muslim congresswomen (along with Omar); Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was the youngest woman elected to the body; and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) was her state’s first black congresswoman.
Omar spoke to DuVernay ― a trailblazer in her own industry ― about the pressures of being the “first.”