Times: Why doesn't Seattle have a woman mayor?

Times: Why doesn't Seattle have a woman mayor?

Credit: Seattle Times archives

Bertha Landes first served on the Seattle City Council and then was elected mayor in 1926 for a two-year term.

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by Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times

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Posted on February 3, 2013 at 1:11 PM

In 1926, Seattle became the first major American city to elect a woman as mayor.

The inauguration of municipal reformer Bertha Landes brought national headlines and seemed to signal a new era for women in public office.

But after just two years, city voters rebelled against what some called “petticoat rule” and booted Landes in favor of Frank Edwards, a virtually unknown businessman.

Despite Seattle’s progressive self-image — and its role in sending women to the U.S. Senate and governor’s office — the city has not elected a woman mayor in the 85 years since Landes left office. In all that time, a woman has not even appeared on the general-election ballot.

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