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

January 3, 2019


By Michelle Boorstein ,Marisa Iati and Julie Zauzmer

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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