Take Two for May 15, 2013

Women lose political footing at Los Angeles City Hall

Estelle Lawton Lindsey

LA Public Library

Estelle Lawton Lindsey was the first woman elected to the L.A. City Council in 1915. She served for two years.

Jackie Goldberg

LA Public Library/Gary Leonard Collection

A portrait of Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg, who was the first openly lesbian woman elected to the Los Angeles City Council.

Peggy Stevenson

LA Public Library/Herald-Examiner Collection

Councilwoman Peggy Stevenson on a sidewalk cleaning machine in 1977.

Pat Russell

LA Public Library/Herald-Examiner Collection

Councilwoman Pat Russell in 1980 with Undersheriff Sherman Block, LAPD Chief Daryl Gates, DA John Van de Kamp, Mayor Tom Bradley and City Attorney Burt Pines.

Joan Milke Flores

LA Public Library/Herald-Examiner Collection

Councilwoman Joan Milke Flores attends a 1985 hearing on the Watts Towers.

Joy Picus

LA Public Library/Mike Sergieff

L.A. City Councilwoman Joy Picus seen here in 1987.

Janice Hahn

Slobodan Dimitrov

Councilwoman Janice Hahn at her inauguration ceremony for the 15th District. She ultimately left the council to serve in the U.S. Congress.

Ruth Galanter

LA Public Library/Herald-Examiner Collection

Councilwoman Ruth Galanter watches crew put a Armorflex lining in the Venice canals in 1988.

Rita Walters

LA Public Library/Gary Leonard Collection

In 1999, L.A. City Councilwoman Rita Walters helped cut the ribbon on the new Staples Center.

Jan Perry

LA Public Library/Gary Leonard Collection

L.A City Councilwoman Jan Perry's district included the Skid Row area. Here she is in 2005 outside the Midnight Mission.

Cindy Miscikowski

LA Public Library/Gary Leonard Collection

Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski speaks at her last city council meeting on June 28, 2005.

Laura Chick

LA Public Library/Gary Leonard Collection

Laura Chick, who was a city councilwoman before she was the controller, at Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's inaugural gala. Chick is the only woman to hold a citywide office in Los Angeles.


With Wendy Greuel on this year's mayoral ticket, it may seem like Los Angeles is moving forward on gender equality. But you may be surprised to learn the city actually has gone backward in how women are represented.

KPCC's Alice Walton reports on the state of women at City Hall.

RELATED: Check out KPCC's printable voter guide 

 


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