Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar Highlighted in Time Magazine

In this Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 photo, new State Rep. Ilhan Omar is interviewed in her office two days after the 2017 Legislature convened in St. Paul, Minn. Photo: AP/ Jim Mone
In this Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 photo, new State Rep. Ilhan Omar is interviewed in her office two days after the 2017 Legislature convened in St. Paul, Minn.

September 07, 2017 08:56 PM

Minnesota State Rep. Ilhan Omar was represented in a Time magazine issue that highlights "women who are changing the world."

Omar was elected to office in 2016 and is the first Somali-American Muslim woman to become a legislator in the country.

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Omar is highlighted in the Sept. 18 issue. Also highlighted in the issue are Hillary Rodham Clinton, Aretha Franklin, Madeline Albright, Kellyanne Conway, Ellen Degeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Janet Yellen and 38 others. 

RELATED: Minnesota Elects Somali-American Lawmaker

In the article, Omar spoke about how her gender impacted her run for the state Legislature.

"The incumbent I was running against was a trailblazer when it comes to women in politics, so you would think that my gender wouldn't be a big issue," she told the magazine. "But everybody wanted to make it an issue."

She also spoke about growing up in Somalia and Kenya, where race and religion are not "topics of conversation," and then coming to the U.S.

RELATED: Sworn In, 1st Somali-American Lawmaker Says Doors are Open

"I had to figure out what it meant to be a bridge builder — what it meant to forge relationships that really never existed becomes the backstory to how I ended up where I am."

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