The 2018 midterm elections in America have resulted in pleasantly surprising wins for women and minorities. Congress is next year projected to play host to at least 102 female legislators, the highest number in history. Among the winners are two Native American and two Muslim women. This will be the first time Native American and Muslim women will be serving in Congress.
Democratic Representative Jared Polis also becomes the first openly gay man elected to Congress as Governor of Colorado.
One of the Muslim women winners is Somali-American Democrat Ilhan Omar, the new member for Minnesota. Other than being the first Muslim woman, she's also the first woman of color to represent Minnesota in Congress. Her story has resonated with people all over the world, due to the obstacles she faced on her way to the historic win. After her family fled the war in Somalia, she was a refugee in Kenya's Dadaab camp before immigrating to the US. Her story shows that America is still the land of opportunity, despite the rhetoric of fear and rabid nationalism that has grown during Trump's administration.
She has pledged to use her position to fight for the rights of the disenfranchised like refugees and immigrants.
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