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Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim female legislator in US

Written by FDM

In Minnesota, where the integration of many Somali refugees was an electoral issue, a Muslim woman of Somali descent won a parliamentary seat. A first in the United States.

The 34-year-old Ilhan Omar, who came to America as a refugee almost 20 years ago, beat out a republican opponent to gain a seat in the state house of representatives.

Her path is to be considered long and rough; specially being a practicing Muslim who wears a hijab. Yet she managed to win in a year where Muslims faced a wave of hate and threats initiated by president-elected Donald Trump’s campaign.

“Tonight, we are celebrating this win, our win. But our work won’t stop,” she said after her victory. “We will continue to build a more prosperous and equitable district, state and nation where each and every one of us has opportunities to thrive and move forward together.”