- On Tuesday, Ilhan Omar made history in the United States in more ways than one when she was sworn into the Minnesota House of Representatives.
- She became the first female Muslim and Somali-American legislator.
- Omar, who serves House District 60B in Minnesota, held the Quran during her swearing-in ceremony, becoming the second person to do so after Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.
- One photo, in particular, shows just how powerful this moment was and exactly why representation matters in the political system today.
- In this photo, Omar is seen standing tall — donning colorful accessories and her bright orange hijab — among a sea of white faces.
- This is a historic sight that doesn’t come too frequently for young women of color and Muslim Americans, especially in politics. Read more