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Rashida Tlaib wore a Palestinian to her congressional swearing in. And for the first session of the 116th Congress, she was sworn in on Thomas Jefferson’s Quran. One of 127 women sworn in, Tlaib was not alone in wearing something eye-catching, intentional and deeply personal for the historic occasion. Representative Deb Haaland from New Mexico, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, wore traditional dress. Representative Ilhan Omar from Minnesota (with Tlaib, one of the first Muslim women in Congress) wore a bright orange and yellow striped hijab and a white boucle dress. Representative Barbara Lee from California tweeted that she was “proud to wear [her] kente cloth on the House Floor.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, along with Rep. Omar and Rep. Madeleine Dean from Pennsylvania, wore white in honor of the suffragettes. “I wore all white today to honor the women who paved the path before me, and for all the women yet to come,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “From suffragettes to Shirley Chisholm, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the mothers of the movement.” There was nothing unserious about these women’s outfits: Their clothes said something about who they are and the communities they represent. On a busy day with lots of photo ops—but little time for speeches—these clothes could tell part of their story for them.
That’s the power of fashion when it is harnessed by someone who embraces it. “Throughout my career in public service, the residents I have had the privilege of fighting for have embraced who I am, especially my Palestinian roots,” Tlaib wrote in an essay for ELLE.com. “This is what I want to bring to the United States Congress, an unapologetic display of the fabric of the people in this country. This is why I decided to wear a thobe when I am sworn into the 116th Congress.”
(Thanks Elle magazine for this (abridged) story.) 😌