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Ilhan Omar, Muslim US legislator makes the cover of TIME

Written by FDM

Time magazine recently featured  Ilhan Omar, a Muslim Somali-American on the cover of its September 18 issue.

Last year, Ilhan Omar made history as the first female muslim being elected to the state legislature in Minnesota, US. Since then, she continued to fight for minority representation inspiring so many along the way.  Today she is on the cover of Time magazine and listed alongside 45 other women who have broken barriers to change the world.

This is part of a multimedia special project that includes 12 different covers that feature 12 different women. « Our goal with Firsts is for every woman and girl to find someone whose presence in the highest reaches of success says to her that it is safe to climb, come on up, the view is spectacular, » the magazine wrote in the project’s introduction.

In her Time essay, the Minneapolis DFLer talks about her life in Somalia and a Kenya refugee camp, as opposed to her life in the U.S. « To the Muslim and Somali communities, my gender was a problem because politics is supposed to be a man’s role ». She went ahead and explained some of the challenges she faced as a mother But that didn’t stop her. « I had to figure out what it meant to be a bridge builder, » Omar added.

Other celebrities also made it to the list as « Women who are changing the world »