Sara Jacobs is running to represent California’s 49th district and would be the youngest woman elected to U.S. Congress.
She explained, “I just didn’t want to see another congressional race that was a series of white men running against each other from various sides of the aisle. I became pretty clear to me that if I wanted another option, I had to be the other option.”
At 29, she has already held jobs at the United Nations, UNICEF, and Barack Obama’s State Department. But she says people still doubt her abilities.
“There’s definitely a lot of ageism and sexism. It’s all these little subtleties, every day of you being told you don’t deserve to be here. Wait your turn.” Jacobs explained. “That actually makes me want to fight more, because frankly right now we don’t have time for the same politicians with the same ideas, and instead of telling people to wait their turn or to sit down, we should be encouraging everyone to step up because it’s an all hands on deck moment.”
Jacobs also worked as foreign policy advisor for the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016. Now, she’s running an inclusive campaign focused on getting universal health care and equal economic opportunities for all people.