Can Female Leadership Change Compton?

In 2013, 31-year-old Aja Brown made history as Compton’s youngest mayor. It was the culmination of a long journey for Brown—her grandmother had been murdered in the California city, and her family moved to another town after the tragedy. She is Compton’s first female mayor in 40 years. “What shocked me the most was everyone else’s reaction,” she says in this short film. “The first thing off the top of their minds was ‘Are you old enough, are you tough enough?’

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