A narrative we often hear about Millennials is that they're lazy and not involved in politics. Aisha Wahab, who's running for city council in Hayward, California, begs to differ. KQED's weekly pop culture podcast, The Cooler, sat down with her to talk about her experience on the campaign trail, why she's proud to be a Millennial, how her Afghan-American identity has shaped her candidacy, and more.
On the catalyst that inspired her to run
"I always say: 'If you don't see the woman, be the woman.' After organizing with folks from the Women's March, I said, you know what? I'm [going to] toss my hat in the ring and walk and talk exactly what I say."
On the idea of Millennials being lazy
"I'm so tired of hearing about Millennials from people who aren't Millennials. I know Millennials to be some of the hardest working people out there. I think our generation is very much about action. And so, as much as people want to degrade Millennials, I feel very proud to be a Millennial. We're probably one of the most informed generations out there. So don't knock it unless you're a Millennial!"