Following in Omar’s footsteps is Hodan Hassan, who won the Democratic primary race for Minneapolis House District 62A, becoming the second Somali-American female, after Omar, to be elected to a state legislature.

In fact, several other Muslim women are running for Congress in districts where primaries are yet to occur, including Deedra Abboud, who is running for Senate in Arizona, and Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, a House candidate in Massachusetts.

It seems that diversity is the main trend in this year’s American primary and special elections. Another notable addition to the women of colour from various religions vying for office are gay, lesbian and transgender candidates. In Vermont, Christine Hallquist become the first transgender candidate to win a major political party’s nomination for governor. The 62-year-old beat three other Democrats to secure the victory in the fight for more inclusive representation for people of all backgrounds, religion, gender and orientation.