Former state lawmaker was influential feminist, advocate for Native Hawaiians

Former state lawmaker was influential feminist, advocate for Native Hawaiians
Jackie Young, a breast cancer survivor, used her experience as executive with the American Cancer Society (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former state lawmaker Jackie Young, an influential feminist in Hawaii, died on Sunday.

She was 84 years old.

A moment of silence was held at the state Capitol on Tuesday in honor of Young, who was the first woman elected vice speaker for the state House of Representatives.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Young died at St. Francis Hospice shortly after suffering a stroke.

Young, an advocate of civil rights, was elected to the state House in 1992 and represented Kailua to Waimanalo.

She championed Native Hawaiian rights and was a staunch advocate for stronger domestic violence laws.

In 1998, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and used that experience to advocate for cancer survivors with the American Cancer Society of Hawaii.

Young is survived by four children, three grandchildren, a niece, nephew and grandnephew.

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