A first-generation immigrant from Pakistan Sumbul Siddiqui has been elected as the first-ever Muslim women mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Sumbul Siddiqui is a two-term Councilor of Cambridge, recently she has been named as the 6th lady mayor of the city council. She will be joined with Alanna Mallon as a vice mayor.
Both Siddiqui and Alanna were elected on Jan 6, 2020. The sworn-in ceremony took place in Sullivan Chamber at City Hall.
After just recently when a nine-member council sworn in, Sumbul was elected 77th mayor of Cambridge.
In the speech, Siddiqui attributed her resilience to her parent efforts while growing up in Cambridge.
Speaking at the event, Siddiqui said, “To me, my parents’ effort is heroic and there are countless stories like it here in Cambridge. I saw the same resilience and struggle every day at the Rindge and Roosevelt Towers where I grew up, where I learned that neighbors are an extension of family out for each other, protecting each other. Our lives, safety and success interconnected.”
Alanna & Siddiqui became friends when they started a campaign for seats on the city council back in 2017. Both have been working together since then.
Both ladies have also started a weekly podcast that focuses on the struggles and subjects relating to women, “Women are here”.