Women share photos of traditional Palestinian dresses to celebrate Rashida Tlaib's swearing-in

Women across the country are sharing photos of their traditional Palestinian gowns to celebrate the swearing-in of Rep.-elect Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTlaib slams 'anti-Muslim rhetoric' after Florida official says she might 'blow up' Capitol Hill New Dem Rep. Ilhan Omar writing memoir: report Ocasio-Cortez calls out CBS News for not assigning a 'single black journalist to cover the 2020 election' MORE (D-Mich.) 

Tlaib, who is one of the first two Muslim women to join Congress on Thursday, announced last month that she would wear a Palestinian thobe when she is sworn into Congress. 

The hand-embroidered gowns are considered one way Palestinian women can show pride for their heritage. The gowns typically represent the city the person wearing the clothing is from.

Tlaib’s decision to wear a thobe on the House floor sparked a wave of social media users to share photos of themselves in the gowns with the hashtag #TweetYourThobe.

Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, was part of a wave of women who made history in November's midterm elections when she won her race to represent Michigan’s 13th Congressional District.

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She and Rep.-elect  Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarNew Dem Rep. Ilhan Omar writing memoir: report Ocasio-Cortez sparks debate with talk of 70 percent marginal rate 116th Congress breaks records for women, minority lawmakers MORE (D-Minn.), who will become the first Somali-American member of Congress, will be the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.

Omar will be the first person to wear a hijab or headscarf on the floor after gaining religious exemption from the 181-year-old rule barring hats in the chamber. 

Rep.-elect Deb HaalandDebra HaalandFirst Native American woman elected to Washington legislature wears traditional regalia at swearing-in Native American lawmaker: Haven't heard back from GOP rep who called Warren 'Sacagawea' New Dem lawmaker slams Gaetz for using the term 'Sacagawea' to attack Warren MORE (D-N.M.), one of the first of two Native American women elected to Congress, will also wear traditional attire during her swearing-in, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe, will wear a Pueblo dress, silver and turquoise jewelry and moccasins.