#TweetYourThobe: Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib takes over Twitter
- 06 January 2019
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Rashida Tlaib made history in November when she and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women to be elected to the US Congress. When Tlaib was sworn into her new office on Thursday, her attire signalled another first: she wore a black traditional Palestinian thobe.
Tlaib’s thobe was adorned with red, hand-stitched embroidery, known as tatreez. Her decision to wear the thobe spawned the Twitter hashtag #TweetYourThobe, and several Palestinian-American women in the US took to the social media platform to upload photos of themselves wearing their own thobes.
Rashida was born to a family of Palestinian immigrants in Detroit and was the oldest of 14 children. She became the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature in 2008. She linked her campaign to the surge of female political activism in the US following Trump’s stunning 2016 victory.
As the son of a Palestinian mother, its a milestone for Palestinian-Americans to see their culture and heritage reflected in their elected officials. Young girls like my daughter and niece now have officials they can see & aspire to be like one day! @RashidaTlaib#tweetyourthobepic.twitter.com/zJ9RPuAXPi— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) January 3, 2019
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