Rashida Tlaib: Attorney at Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice and campaign manager for Take on Hate / age 39, mother of Adam, 10, and Yousif, 5
The eldest of 14 children born to Palestinian Muslim immigrants, Rashida knows how to be a leader. A former Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives and the first female American Muslim state representative in the Michigan Legislature, she now pursues justice through legal work and her national campaign, which addresses prejudice and discrimination.
“People like us never think about running for office and that’s the problem.” This was the best advice I got from a friend when I hesitated to run. A lightbulb went off. I filed 10 days before the deadline and became the first Muslim woman ever elected to the Michigan Legislature, and only the second female Muslim state legislator in America.
My sons keep me grounded and free me from the stresses of life. When I walk in that door and see my boys, I’m simply “Mama.” It’s so powerful to feel their unconditional love.
My sitti [grandmother in Arabic] Shama would fight for what she needed to survive. Growing up watching her not back down when someone said no to her made such an impact on me. When I am the most determined to get a project done, I can really feel her presence in me.
My biggest hope for my children is that they will be happy, always. It may be impossible for it to be that way all their lives, but a mom certainly can dream!
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