SACRAMENTO – The California Legislature celebrated Women’s History Month by honoring women who have contributed to their community. Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) chose to honor Hayward City Councilmember, Aisha Wahab, at this year’s Woman of the Year Ceremony.
“This annual celebration is an opportunity for us to collectively celebrate the strides women have made in our communities and how they have changed history. Moreover, I hope that this ceremony serves to inspire young women,” said Assemblymember Quirk.
Aisha Wahab, a former foster child, recently became one of two Afghan-American women to serve in public office in the United States last year. Prior to getting elected as a Hayward City Councilmember, Aisha Wahab worked tirelessly within the Afghan community to ensure housing for low and extremely low-income individuals, provide seniors with programs to stay active, educate immigrants to become more civically engaged, and support victims of domestic violence as they find safety and re-start their lives. As she continues to serve her community in a higher role, she will never forget where she came from as she will always – as her motto goes, “keep one eye on the past and one eye on the future”.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to be named Woman of the Year by Assemblyman Quirk. Service for the public good has been my goal for many years and to be recognized for my work is incredible. Our community is based on the commitment of every individual and I am proud to say that our community of the Bay Area all work for each other,” said Ms. Wahab, “I am just happy to be one of the many contributors to our community.”
“Aisha Wahab is an extraordinary individual who I know will be an exemplary public servant,” said Assemblymember Quirk about his honoree, “Being one of the first Afghan-American women to serve in public office – and the youngest woman to serve in Hayward – she is a role model to other women and girls everywhere. I am proud to have her as my 2019 Woman of the Year.”