The number 100 is used to mark one of the most important milestones of anyone’s lives.
It signifies completion, whether it be the maximum number of marks on a test or the point where we deem that a person has lived “a full life”.
It signifies something made whole, the point that everyone in the world aspires to reach; the number the world wants to achieve in every aspect of their lives by “giving it 100%” in everything.
Historically and politically speaking, it is used to mark the progress we’ve made as a whole, found in phrases like “a century from now” or “a couple of centuries ago.”
It has been nearly 100 years since women were given the right to vote.
And today, over 100 women have been sworn into Congress.
Over 100 women, from different religious and ethnic backgrounds, have achieved an important milestone and made history today.
Rashida Tlaib, one the first two Muslim women to be sworn into the Congress (along with Ilhan Omar), made her own statement by dressing up in a traditional Palestinian thobe (or thawb) for the ceremony.
Not only did she pay tribute to her heritage, but she inspired Twitter user and novelist @SusanDarraj to encourage Palestinian-American women to take to social media and share their pride with #TweetYourThobe.
In a call to The New York Times, Darraj said, “I’ve just been tearing up all day looking at some of these pictures,” speaking by phone from Baltimore. “It’s especially moving when you see women wearing thobes that their great-grandmothers made by hand. It’s just extraordinary, and it’s a visual testament to the relationships between mothers and daughters that we have in our culture, and I think other people can relate to that.”
We’re absolutely obsessed with the display of cultural pride.
— Susan Muaddi Darraj (@SusanDarraj) January 3, 2019
— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) January 3, 2019
Thanks @SusanDarraj for suggesting the #TweetYourThobe tweet storm to celebrate Palestinian culture with @RashidaTlaib at her swearing into congress. With @katrinaschlekat. pic.twitter.com/04b07uoin1
— Tamar (@TamarSchlekat) January 3, 2019
— Maysoon (@maysoonzayid) January 3, 2019
— Nisreen (@Neersinie) January 3, 2019
— Hanna Alshaikh (@yalawiya) January 3, 2019
— Miriam (@miriaaamx3) January 3, 2019
— aloncé (@alaaak_) January 3, 2019
— Salwa Saleh (@2011ss) January 3, 2019
— هـدى?? (@pali_xox) January 3, 2019
— Zeina Hutchison (@ZeinaHutchison) January 3, 2019
— adam shapiro (@adshap) January 3, 2019
— سارة (@Saressaa) January 3, 2019
My mama and grandma always said don’t forget where you came from. As a fierce Muslim woman who is working for the NYCLU to advocate for equality and justice, I’m happy to wear my Palestinian outfit proudly. #TweetYourThobe pic.twitter.com/iIwUgM5PND
— Iman (@Imaaaaaaaaan) January 3, 2019
Like Representative @RashidaTlaib, I take pride in my Palestinian ancestry. This thobe, which is over 100 years old, belonged to my great sitty, my mother's grandmother <3 #tweetyourthobe pic.twitter.com/2NkHJzlaf2
— Laila Mokhiber (@lailamo) January 3, 2019
— ?إيمان (@Immannr) January 3, 2019
@RashidaTlaib is wearing her #Palestinian #thobe to her #swearingin today. The art of #tatreez is a cornerstone of our culture & a tool for maintaining our heritage in the diaspora. Thank you, Rashida. In solidarity, here's my thobe from 2018 @AAIUSA #GibranGala. #TweetYourThobe pic.twitter.com/OUEFXz2Ull
— Heba (@Heebs25) January 3, 2019
— Renad (@ririfalastine) January 3, 2019
— hana (@hanaknafeh) January 3, 2019
Today, Congressional Rep @rashidatlaib will wear her traditional Palestinian #thobe to her swearing in ceremony. Here’s a pic of me at @Nadia712’s henna party wearing mine! #tweetyourthobe pic.twitter.com/gE79TAuKk8
— Nada (@notyournada) January 3, 2019
This thobe is from my city, Ramallah passed from my auntie to me like many that are passed from generation to another.
The Palestinian Thobe isn't only a beautiful&artistic piece of clothing, it also represents our history and the suffering of Palestinian people.#TweetYourThobe pic.twitter.com/8xTQtoJS0l
— حنان (@nassarha_) January 3, 2019
#tweetyourthobe #rashidatlaib In support of US-Rep-elect Rashida Tlaib who will be sworn in wearing a Palestinian thobe (embroidered gown), a traditional form of Palestinian women's artwork. pic.twitter.com/kWgIl9Jqb4
— Nancy (@teagreenmint) January 3, 2019
— رضاب ياسر مرزوق (@RidaabMarzuq) January 3, 2019
— Sara Alfageeh / ساره الفقيه (@TheFoofinator) January 3, 2019
— Shadia (@Shadia26184022) January 3, 2019
— Lena Khalaf Tuffaha (@LKTuffaha) January 3, 2019
— Meha Ahmad (@Meha) January 3, 2019
— Alma Irshaid, ANutr (@Almabits) January 3, 2019
Like so many other Palestinians, my childhood memories include those of my mom, grandma, aunts, and family friends who would sit together to tell stories as they worked on their latest thawb. Proud of you, @RashidaTlaib #TweetYourThobe pic.twitter.com/Il2QcVHGbN
— Badi3a (@_Badi3a_) January 3, 2019
— Z (@Zayna317) January 3, 2019
— لينة (@LinahAlsaafin) January 3, 2019
— هالة عاهد (@Hala_Deeb) January 3, 2019
Some of my favorite comrades and I wearing thobes to dance dabkeh at our university. We live in exile, but carry the fight for liberation everywhere we go #FreePalestine #TweetYourThobe #ColumbiaDabkeBrigades pic.twitter.com/OUawm6F6xr
— رندا / randa (@randawahbe) January 3, 2019
— ikhlas (@ikhlasnoubani) 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
Starting the celebration…. #tweetyourthobe
— Lina Barkawi (@LinaBarkawi) 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
— Jinan Deena (@j_deena) January 3, 2019
— Zaina (@Zkahuk) January 3, 2019
In honor of @RashidaTlaib, the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress, who is wearing a thobe (a traditional Palestinian dress) at the swear-in ceremony today, I’ll be tweeting pics of me in a thobe starting with baby me. #TweetyourThobe pic.twitter.com/7JjxacpX9v
— Nawal Atallah (@PaliNawali) January 3, 2019
— Alma Irshaid, ANutr (@Almabits) January 3, 2019
Today congresswoman @RashidaTlaib will be sworn in wearing a traditional Palestinian thobe. I am proud to share a photo of myself and my sister-in-law wearing our Palestinian thobes! #TweetYourThobe ??? pic.twitter.com/L3JoYzsPlY
— Linda Karakra Qoran (@Linda_Qoran) January 3, 2019
— Ruba Odeh (@ruba_odeh1) January 3, 2019
Here’s to many more moments of solidarity and pride in the months to come!