The governor's office appointed the first Muslim woman to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women last month.

After being appointed on Oct. 18, Salima Suswell said she realized immediately that she was the first Muslim out of about 30 members over the commission's two-year existence.


Suswell also serves as an executive committee member for the Council of American Islamic Relations-PA, which advocates against discrimination and hate toward Muslims. In 2016, she served as the Democratic National Convention's chair of the Muslim-American Host Committee, coordinating events for Muslims from across the country.

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