One wears a head covering. The other does not.
One is a Somali immigrant who came to the U.S. at age 12, knowing no English. The other is the eldest daughter of Palestinian immigrants who worked her way through college and law school.
But both women felt called to serve their communities and were elected as representatives to state legislatures: the one in Minnesota, the other in Michigan. Now both have a strong chance of serving in the 116th U.S. Congress.
On Tuesday (Aug. 14), Ilhan Omar won the Democratic primary in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, and last week Rashida Tlaib beat a crowded Democratic primary field in Michigan's 13th District.
With those two wins, Omar and Tlaib have made history not only for their faith but also their gender. Omar and Tlaib are poised to become the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress.