First Muslim women to serve in Congress to be sworn in Thursday

The congressional freshman class of 2019 is ready to get to work.

News 12 Staff

Jan 2, 2019, 11:33 PM

Updated 2,024 days ago

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The congressional freshman class of 2019 is ready to get to work.

Among the more than 40 new women lawmakers who will be sworn in Thursday is Minnesota Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar.
The Somali-American former refugee was seen in an Instagram post wearing a traditional Muslim hijab or head wrap.
 Omar, along with Michigan's Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib, are making history as the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

Roomana Shaikh teaches seventh- and eighth-graders at the Madina School at the Westchester Muslim Center in Mount Vernon.   
She says Omar and Talib's election to Congress is a big achievement for the Muslim community.

"I think it will finally allow Muslim people to feel like hey, we can be into politics,” says Shaikh.

Also important, according to Shaikh, is the fact that Omar will be wearing her hijab to work.
Tlaib, a Palestinian-American is expected to wear a Palestinian gown at her swearing-in.
Both women will reportedly take the oath of office on a Quran that belonged to former President Thomas Jefferson.


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