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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.

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Here is the actual count of Muslim mayors in UK

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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.

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Sumbul’s reaction on becoming first Muslim Mayor of Cambridge:

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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.”

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Alanna & Sumbul: from friends to Mayor & Vice Mayors

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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”.

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