Rashida Tlaib, who is one of the first two Muslim women to join Congress, recently wore a Palestinian thobe when she was sworn into Congress, showing pride and respect for her heritage.
According to Tlaib, in an essay she shared for Elle, she said wearing a thobe to the swearing-in ceremony is a way to honor both her roots and her mother, who dropped out of eighth grade in the now-occupied West Bank village of Beit Ur El Foka to embroider dresses in order to make money for her family.
Inspired by this powerful reason, women across the country took to social media to share photos of their own traditional dresses using the hashtag #TweetYourThobe.
As the son of a Palestinian mother, its a milestone for Palestinian-Americans to see their culture and heritage reflected in their elected officials. Young girls like my daughter and niece now have officials they can see & aspire to be like one day! @RashidaTlaib #tweetyourthobe pic.twitter.com/zJ9RPuAXPi— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) January 3, 2019
As a Palestinian American, I wear thobes embroidered by the women in my family to honor their legacy, style and tragedy. @RashidaTlaib wearing a thobe while being sworn into congress amplifies the journey of Palestinian women and I couldn’t be more in my feels #TweetYourThobe 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/HmLDXIK19Y— Samar Marwan (@HellaSamar) January 3, 2019
#tweetyourthobe because history is about to be made today with Palestinian American @RashidaTlaib’s swearing in. #tweetyourhijab because @IlhanMN is about to be the first hijabi in Congress 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/cUvvvigEHO— Rawan Elbaba (@rawanelbaba) January 3, 2019
A twist on our tradition embroidered Palestinian thobe, but one that represents my heritage nonetheless. Today, Congresswoman @rashidatlaib is wearing her thobe as she takes the oath of office, swearing in on Thomas Jefferson’s centuries-old Quran. #tweetyourthobe pic.twitter.com/fM3RewhEvK— Dena Takruri (@Dena) January 4, 2019