Muslim Congress Women

Muslim Congress Women

Eman Habib, Reporter

On January 3, 2019 two Muslim women, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, were sworn into
congress. This is a historic moment for all the Muslims living in America.
Ilhan Omar, a Somali American who wears the hijab (a scarf worn on the head by some women
in Islam), is breaking so many stereotypes that have been created in this Islamophobic world
about Muslim women. People see Muslim women as quiet or “not allowed to speak”, which is
false. They think we don’t have as many rights as others when we actually do.
Many people view Muslim women who wear the scarf as a target to discriminate upon because
we are “different”. Omar breaks these stereotypes and actually represents what and who we
can become. She shuts down some of the islamaphobes on twitter, sometimes doing so with
humor.
Although Rashida Tlaib doesn’t wear the hijab, she decided to wear a traditional Palestinian
embroidered dress as she was being sworn in to show that she is still connected to her culture
and faith. She made sure that she was viewed as a strong Palestinian woman who will and can
do anything like everybody else.
These two women won’t be able to erase all prejudice but they will provide the Muslim
community public figures to look up to who can help stop the hatred. These women are viewed
as role models to all the younger and even older Muslim women. They are here to show the
world that no matter where you come from you can become anything you want.