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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