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Women lose political footing at Los Angeles City Hall




Estelle Lawton Lindsey was the first woman elected to the L.A. City Council in 1915. She served for two years.
Estelle Lawton Lindsey was the first woman elected to the L.A. City Council in 1915. She served for two years.
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Estelle Lawton Lindsey was the first woman elected to the L.A. City Council in 1915. She served for two years.
A portrait of Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg, who was the first openly lesbian woman elected to the Los Angeles City Council.
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Estelle Lawton Lindsey was the first woman elected to the L.A. City Council in 1915. She served for two years.
Councilwoman Peggy Stevenson on a sidewalk cleaning machine in 1977.
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Estelle Lawton Lindsey was the first woman elected to the L.A. City Council in 1915. She served for two years.
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.
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Estelle Lawton Lindsey was the first woman elected to the L.A. City Council in 1915. She served for two years.
Councilwoman Joan Milke Flores attends a 1985 hearing on the Watts Towers.
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Estelle Lawton Lindsey was the first woman elected to the L.A. City Council in 1915. She served for two years.
L.A. City Councilwoman Joy Picus seen here in 1987.
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Estelle Lawton Lindsey was the first woman elected to the L.A. City Council in 1915. She served for two years.
Councilwoman Janice Hahn at her inauguration ceremony for the 15th District. She ultimately left the council to serve in the U.S. Congress.
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Estelle Lawton Lindsey was the first woman elected to the L.A. City Council in 1915. She served for two years.
Councilwoman Ruth Galanter watches crew put a Armorflex lining in the Venice canals in 1988.
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Estelle Lawton Lindsey was the first woman elected to the L.A. City Council in 1915. She served for two years.
In 1999, L.A. City Councilwoman Rita Walters helped cut the ribbon on the new Staples Center.
LA Public Library/Gary Leonard Collection
Estelle Lawton Lindsey was the first woman elected to the L.A. City Council in 1915. She served for two years.
L.A City Councilwoman Jan Perry's district included the Skid Row area. Here she is in 2005 outside the Midnight Mission.
LA Public Library/Gary Leonard Collection
Estelle Lawton Lindsey was the first woman elected to the L.A. City Council in 1915. She served for two years.
Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski speaks at her last city council meeting on June 28, 2005.
LA Public Library/Gary Leonard Collection
Estelle Lawton Lindsey was the first woman elected to the L.A. City Council in 1915. She served for two years.
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.
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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.

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