Ilhan Omar

US Representative Ilhan Omar addresses a small rally on immigration rights at the temporary installation of a replica of the Statue of Liberty at Union Station in Washington, US May 16, 2019.

Rep. Ilhan Omar: US refugee restrictions are ‘inhumane, un-American’


Refugee-turned-Congresswoman Ilhan Omar shares her insights on the refugee crisis, US tensions with Iran and how she thinks the US should handle migrants at the border.

A closeup photo of Rep. Ilhan Omar.

‘Outraged’ Yemeni American deli owners boycott New York Post over Ilhan Omar cover

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Almost undocumented, Liberians in US get 11th hour reprieve

Two young women carry a small coffin between them. Black and white photo.

Why US-backed aid to Venezuela harkens back to a dark history of covert operations

Conflict & Justice
A young woman in a hijab shows her phone screen to another young woman whose back is turned to the camera. On the phone is Donald Trump.

Washington just spent a month in gridlock over the wall. Will Trump’s State of the Union speech change anything?

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These women made a big impact in 2018

In 2018, our Across Women’s Lives desk spoke to (or about) numerous women who’ve had a profound impact on their communities. Many of them challenged the status quo.

Congressional Representatives-elect Rashida Tlaib, left, and Ilhan Omar, right, will both use Qurans during their ceremonial swearings-in on Jan. 3, 2019.

Two reps were sworn in on the Quran. It’s a symbolic moment for Muslim Americans.


For many Muslim Americans, the presence of a Quran is a symbolic moment amid a presidential administration that has seemed to wage an all-out war on the triple whammy of what Tlaib and Omar represent: immigrants, Muslims and women.

Democratic congressional candidate Deb Haaland reacts upon learning that fellow Native American Sharice Davids of Kansas also won her midterm election

After midterms, women fill a new-look Congress


The 116th Congress is set to look a lot different than any previous one.

Ilhan Omar clasps her husband’s mother's face in her hands as she smiles

These are the women who made history in this year’s midterm elections

Women & Gender

It’s a record. After the midterm results are tallied, more than 100 members of Congress are expected to be women.

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‘In love with democracy,’ Ilhan Omar draws diverse supporters in bid for Congress


Congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is poised to become the first Somali American woman to hold national office.