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Fri Jan 4, 2019, 02:01 AM

Rashida Tlaib's thobe and Ilhan Omar's hijab are making congressional history


Rashida Tlaib’s thobe and Ilhan Omar’s hijab are making congressional history


Thursday is a historic day for the federal government: As Democrats take over the House of Representatives amid a shutdown with no end in sight, the first two Native American women and the first two Muslim women will be sworn into a Congress with more women overall serving than ever before.

To mark the occasion, some first-term Congress members are standing out in more ways than one: During the swearing-in ceremony, instead of the typical congressional suit in a muted tone, Rashida Tlaib will wear a traditional Palestinian thobe. It’s a long tunic, often made of cotton and decorated with heavy embroidery, and worn for various occasions all over the Middle East. Tlaib’s is a deep burgundy with red embroidery.

Tlaib is the first Palestinian American woman to be elected to Congress, representing Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, which includes parts of Detroit and its surrounding suburbs. She’s a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, and she’s championed progressive policies like a $15 minimum wage, debt-free college, and Medicare-for-all, as well as the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the impeachment of President Trump.

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Meanwhile, Deb Haaland of New Mexico, one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress, wore a traditional Pueblo dress and turquoise jewelry to the swearing-in ceremony. On Thursday morning, she tweeted, “New Mexicans are in the house, the US House that is.”

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The first-term female Congress members elected in November’s midterms have single-handedly helped create a more diverse Congress — and they’ve done so while wearing their identity proudly rather than assimilate to the old-fashioned uniform of dark suits for the House and Senate.

Their platforms and policies are more important in the grand scheme of things than what they wear, of course. But the embrace of their heritage and identity is already changing the rules in Congress. Ilhan Omar, who is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress (Tlaib is the other), will be the first person to wear a hijab in Congress. Though she’s worn a hijab throughout her campaign, hats and head coverings have been banned in the House since 1837, a rule Omar pushed to change even before she was sworn in. The 181-year-old rule will be overturned as of January 3, formally allowing religious garments like hijabs and yarmulkes, as well as head coverings for illness and hair loss.

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https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/1/3/18166768/rashida-tlaib-ilhan-omar-congress-thobe-hijab

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Reply Rashida Tlaib's thobe and Ilhan Omar's hijab are making congressional history (Original post)
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 4 OP
Cha Jan 4 #1
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 4 #2
Cha Jan 4 #3
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 4 #4
Cha Jan 4 #9
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 4 #11
Cha Jan 4 #12
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 4 #13
Cha Jan 4 #14
Hekate Jan 4 #5
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 4 #7
Cha Jan 4 #10
mr_lebowski Jan 4 #6
Hermit-The-Prog Jan 4 #8
Delphinus Jan 4 #15
akraven Jan 4 #16

Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 02:32 AM

1. Thank You for this, Hermit!

Such Glorious History being made in the name of Democracy!








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Response to Cha (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 02:38 AM

2. history is for making

It's not just in dusty old books.

That 181 year old rule was in the way.


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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 02:45 AM

3. Yes, and we're all living it right here and now!

I would just like to add Rep Lucy McBath to your thread.. speaking of stunning historical developments!

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Response to Cha (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 02:50 AM

4. did she have to clean off the newt slime?

Georgia is not lost, in spite of the shenanigans pulled agains Stacey Abrams.


I didn't know what a "thobe" was before that Vox article. My late mother did some intricate embroidery before her hands became too gnarled with arthritis, but she never did anything that big with that level of intricacy. I can appreciate the amount of work involved there.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 03:56 AM

9. There may have

been some exorcism involved.

I didn't know what a thobe is either.. So much to still learn! Cool that your mom did intricate embroidery.. It's admirable to be able to create like that.

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Response to Cha (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 04:05 AM

11. I tried to post that picture of the thobe

Couldn't get anything but the link when I tried posting the picture.

My mother did needlepoint, embroidery, crochet, and quilting. I remember watching those crochet needles flying when I was about 6 or 7, trying to figure out how she made all those loops turn into something. She showed me, but it didn't stick. The embroidery was less mysterious, but looked very tedious to me.

That thobe required a lot of time and patience from someone. Wish I could see the stitches up close.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 04:31 AM

12. That thobe is

an Instagram pic and they're impossible to c/p unless one has an account with them, I would imagine.

It sure is beautiful.. all that intricate stitching of vibrant colors.

What a creative woman your Mom was.

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Response to Cha (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 04:39 AM

13. found a photo!



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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 04:51 AM

14. lol.. Good on ya! There it

is!

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Response to Cha (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 03:35 AM

5. This is just grand, Cha. This is what democracy looks like.


I feel better than I have since November 2016!

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Response to Hekate (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 03:51 AM

7. 2 years waiting and raging

Haven't looked at a trump thread all day / night. Not letting that thing ruin the relief.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 04:02 AM

10. I know, Hekate.. it took us

two looooonnnngggg arduous years.. but here we are. So fortunate to have such dedicated Democratic Leaders Fighting for us!

Thank Goodness!

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 03:36 AM

6. It's going to create an interesting quandary, allowing hijabs and yarmulkes ...

I mean, I'm not sure the logic behind the 1837 ban on head coverings, but if it was religion-related in any way, it's effective 'repeal' is going to make for interesting discussions in the upcoming months.

I'm not entirely sure about 'our' currently unequivocal support for this change ... I mean, ATM its Heroic Democratic Women we're wanting to see accommodated ... but who else will soon be asking for similar dispensations, and what will their arguments be?

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 03:55 AM

8. from plate armor to body paint

I don't care what they wear, I care about what they stand for.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 08:39 AM

15. Gosh,

I cannot stop smiling.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 07:52 PM

16. I can't get twitter here, and vox is all copies of twitter stuff.

Doesn't matter - I has a PRIDE in our newest bunch!

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