About Ilhan Omar

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Political Leadership Training Organizations

New American Leaders Project trains first- and second-generation immigrants to run for office and build their political and civic leadership.

Vote Run Lead is a nonpartisan organization that trains women to run for political office.

Emerge America is a national organization with state chapters that trains women in the Democratic Party to run for political office.

Higher Heights trains Black women to run for office and build their political and civic leadership

Ignite is a national organization with state chapters that builds the political capacity and leadership of young women.

EMILY’S List recruits, trains, and supports pro-choice women candidates to run for local, state, and national office.

Re:Power (formerly Wellstone Action) trains people from historically underrepresented communities to run for office and lead electoral campaigns.

She Should Run provides online and in-person cohort-based trainings for women on running for office.

Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University – Ready to Run Network


Organizations Focused on Voting Rights and Civic Engagement by Women, Young People, Immigrants, and Communities of Color

The Advancement Project – National

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Black Voters Matter Fund

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law

Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF)

Mi Familia Vota

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Native American Voting Rights Coalition

New Florida Majority

New Georgia Project

New Virginia Majority

Rock the Vote

She the People

Texas Organizing Project

Young Invincibles


Articles, Books, Videos, and Podcasts

Rutgers University Center for American Women in Politics’ “Women in State Legislatures 2019” provides state-by-state data on the gender and party affiliation of state representatives, as well as race and ethnicity data nationally on state lawmakers.

The Guardian: This March 19, 2018, article, “Almost Half of Women in Politics Have Faced Abuse or Violence,” looks at the state of women’s experiences in politics. Type the title of the article into the search function of the website.

Washington Post: “Rep. Ilhan Omar Prompts New Rule that Allows, for the First Time in 181 Years, Head Coverings on the House Floor,” January 4, 2019.

New York Times: Sahil Chinoy and Jessica Ma, “How Every Member Got to Congress”, January 26, 2019. An in-depth data analysis and visualization on the demographics and personal histories of all sitting members of the U.S. Congress.

The Lily: “A ‘Shattering of the Walls’: Muslim Women Celebrate the Swearing In of Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib,” January 4, 2019.

Sayu Bhojwani. People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy’s Door. New York: The New Press, 2018.

Steven Phillips. Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority. New York: The New Press, 2018.

Democracy in Color Podcast, hosted by Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, covers political issues and movements focused on expanding the political rights and representation of communities of color.

Kimberle Crenshaw on Intersectionality, More than Two Decades Later

Politico: The 2017 interactive series on the state of women in US politics, “Women Rule Politics Investigation,” contains investigative articles such as, “What Will It Take for Women to Win” and “Why Women Don’t Run.”

TIME: The September 7, 2017, special project and cover story “Firsts: Women Who Are Changing the World” features Ilhan Omar and other prominent women. Click View Full List, then Omar Ilhan to read her profile.

Through Her Eyes Episode No. 2, January 29, 2019, Interview with Ilhan Omar

Walker Art Center: The September 14, 2016, interview, “Urgent Cinema: Norah Shapiro on Ilhan Omar’s Campaign,” features a conversation with director Norah Shapiro. Type the title of the article into the search function of the website.

TED: The October 2010 TEDx Talk “Dave Meslin—Antidote to Apathy” identifies seven barriers that discourage people from becoming involved in politics.