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Rep. Ilhan Omar and daughter Isra Hirsi learn about activism from each other



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Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Melania Trump is renovating the Rose Garden, more Black women than ever are running for Congress, and Rep. Ilhan Omar and her daughter Isra Hirsi reflect on their intersecting work and relationship. Have a lovely Tuesday.

– Mother-daughter time. When Rep. Ilhan Omar and her daughter Isra Hirsi signed on for an interview with Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women community yesterday, it was the first time the mother and daughter were seeing each other that morning.

“Good morning, Isra,” Omar said from D.C. to her Minneapolis-based daughter as we waited for the Zoom meeting to kick off. The pair joined Fortune senior writer Jen Wieczner and me for a conversation about their relationship, Hirsi’s work as a climate activist, and paying it forward to the next generation.

Before Omar had to head to the House floor for a vote, I asked her how Hirsi’s activism—the 17-year-old is a cofounder of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike and has also organized against gun and police violence—has affected her policymaking on Capitol Hill. Omar described a moment three years ago when Hirsi led a rally for gun control at the Minnesota State Capitol, where Omar then served as a state representative. “If my generation had acted with the urgency that her generation had acted,” the congresswoman remembers wondering, “would my daughter be at the state capitol asking for us to introduce sensible gun laws and to protect the lives of young people?”

It was a pleasure to hear from Omar, but Hirsi was the real star of the gathering (if you haven’t seen her TikTok account, I highly recommend it). The Most Powerful Women community members who joined us brought to the call their own mentees, from daughters to early-career colleagues, and Hirsi had advice for them about how to take action for a better world as she has: “Understand that you are valuable. Your voice is big and strong and powerful.”

And for the parents raising young activists, Omar has her own guidance: “Every time you are able to change a mind—or awaken a mind—you are winning in creating a better tomorrow.”

Read my colleague Beth Kowitt’s story about the rest of the gathering here.

Emma Hinchliffe

Lyron Foster is a Hawaii based African American Musician, Author, Actor, Blogger, Filmmaker, Philanthropist and Multinational Serial Tech Entrepreneur.

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