In a first, an Indian-American woman, Savita Vaidhyanathan, has been elected as the the Mayor of the Cupertino city of California.
Savita Vaidhyanathan hold a BA in Maths degree from the Delhi University and went on complete her MBA from San Jose State University. Her mother who had come down from India, attended the swearing in ceremony as the Mayor that was held last week.
Savita has worked as a high school Mathematics teacher and an officer in a commercial bank. She has also worked in non-profit sector organisations. She has also chaired a number of Rotary Club fundraisers including the Silicon Valley Fall Festival.
While addressing people at the community hall in Cupertino she descried the moment as the momentous moment in her life.
“I’ve had several congratulatory messages saying that I’m the first woman mayor of Indian-origin. Yes, I do take a lot of pride and prestige in that, but I do want to thank the residents of the city of Cupertino that voted me in not looking at ethnicity at all. Thank you for your trust in me, and maybe we did break that silicon ceiling and put a few more cracks in that glass ceiling,” Savita was quoted as saying.
According to Forbes, Cupertino is supposed to be one of the most educated small towns in the country with local public schools ranking highly. According to her campaign website, Savita has been a Cupertino resident for over 19 years and has been actively participated in a number of community services held in Cupertino.
With this, Savita has taken over from Barry Chang who had served as mayor before her.