The first Somali-American legislator
If you're not from Minnesota, you may not have heard of Ilhan Omar, but here's why you need to. She made U.S. history as the first Somali-American lawmaker when she was elected to the Minnesota State Legislature in 2017 and has an incredible story th...
Omar joined "Salon Talks" with director Norah Shapiro, who created a new documentary "Time for Ilhan," that chronicles Omar's historic campaign and how she beat a 43-year incumbent. "There is the assumption that because of my faith and because of my gender and the current context of our political climate that –– that would be the bigger challenge," Omar told SalonTV's D. Watkins in regards to dealing with racism and Islamophobia. "But my age was a bigger barrier, being mother of small children was a bigger barrier. People ask me 'how are you going to balance motherhood while running for office and being a legislator?' and I would say do you ask that to male candidates who are also fathers."
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