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California's New Mayor Is A 25-Year-Old Mom Who Just Broke A Major Glass Ceiling

She's the youngest woman of color to ever become mayor in California.
California's New Mayor Is A 25-Year-Old Mom Who Just Broke A Major Glass Ceiling

Jocelyn Yow has just become the youngest woman of color to be elected mayor in California, breaking yet another glass ceiling after breaking a different one back in 2018.

Yow was just elected mayor of Eastvale in Riverside County — and back in 2018, she became the first Malaysian American elected to public office in the United States, when she was elected to the Eastvale City Council.

She is the daughter of a Vietnamese refugee & a Malaysian immigrant, who brought their family to the Eastvale area in 2011.

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Their family story is a harrowing and inspiring tale: At a very young age, her mother and her family fled to the US from Vietnam, and her father came to the US from Malaysia in the '80s, to further his education.

Despite not having much to their names, she says that her parents "always emphasized the importance of public service and giving back."

Yow is also the mom to a six-month-old baby boy, so "mayor" isn't her only new title!

Being a new mom is just one of the things that inspire her to want to work hard for her community.

She knows what being a parent in the workforce is like firsthand sticks up for people going through the same thing — she's constantly speaking out about the tribulations endured by working mothers everywhere. 

Yow teared up as she held her son, Kayden, in front of her nameplate, which now reads "Jocelyn Yow — Mayor."

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