List of first female mayors

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The first woman mayor recorded is believed to be Susanna Madora Salter of the United States who served as mayor of Argonia, Kansas in 1887. Since then women have been elected as mayors in cities across the Americas and around the world.

Contents

19th century: 1860s1880s1890s
20th century: 1900s1920s1930s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s
21st century: 2000s
References

1880s[edit]

1887

First woman mayor in United States and first female mayor of Argonia, Kansas: Susanna M. Salter

1890s[edit]

1893

First woman mayor in the British Empire and first female mayor of Onehunga, New Zealand: Elizabeth Yates[1]

1900s[edit]

1908

First woman mayor in England and first female mayor of Aldeburgh: Elizabeth Garrett Anderson[2]

1910s[edit]

1918

First woman mayor in former Russian Empire and first female mayor of Anapa: Maria Skobtsova[3]

1920s[edit]

1921

First woman elected mayor in Minnesota: Lillian Cox Gault [4]

1922

First woman elected mayor in the U.S. state of Georgia: Alice Harrell Strickland[5]

1923

First woman elected mayor of Iowa City and first woman in the United States to be elected mayor of a city with more than 10,000 inhabitants: Emma J. Harvat[6]
First woman mayor of Ramsgate, Kent, England: Janet Stancomb-Wills[7]

1925

First woman elected mayor in New Jersey:[8] Rebecca Estell Bourgeois Winston, first mayor and founder of Estell Manor

1925

First woman elected mayor in Louisiana:[9] Maggie Skipwith Smith

1926

First woman Mayor of Seattle, Washington and first woman mayor of a major American city: Bertha Knight Landes[10]

1927

First woman elected mayor in Arizona: Fanne Gaar, mayor of Casa Grande, Arizona[11]

1928

First woman elected mayor in Latin America: Alzira Soriano in Lajes, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

1930s[edit]

1936

First woman mayor of Webbwood, Ontario, and the first woman mayor in Canada: Barbara Hanley

1937

First woman elected mayor of Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental, Philippines Ines V. Serion'

1938

First woman mayor of Newtown, Australia and first woman mayor in Australia: Lilian Fowler[12]

1939

First woman mayor of Westfield, Massachusetts and first woman mayor in New England: Alice D. Burke

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1940s[edit]

1941

First woman mayor of Bangor, Gwynedd: Elsie Chamberlain[14]

1944 First woman mayor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Mary Carey Dondero [15]

1946

First woman mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico and first woman mayor of a capital city in United States soil: Felisa Rincón de Gautier

1949

First female mayor of Portland, Oregon is elected: Dorothy McCullough Lee

1950s[edit]

1950

First woman mayor of Red Bank, New Jersey: Katharine Elkus White
First woman elected mayor in Turkey and of Mersin: Müfide İlhan

1951

First woman elected mayor of Ottawa, Ontario: Charlotte Whitton

1953

First woman elected mayor in Minnesota: Agnes Israelson

1954

First woman elected mayor in Cincinnati: Dorothy N. Dolbey[16]

1956

First woman elected mayor in Tasmania and of Launceston: Dorothy Edwards.[17]

1960s[edit]

1961

First woman elected mayor of Johnson City, Tennessee: May Ross McDowell[18]

1963

First woman mayor of Richmond, Virginia: Eleanor Parker Sheppard
First woman mayor of Hampton, Virginia: Ann Hitch Kilgore
First woman mayor of Lima, Peru: Anita Fernandini de Naranjo

1965

First woman mayor of Aurora, Colorado and of a U.S. city with a population greater than 60,000: Norma O. Walker

1967

First woman mayor of Hartford, Connecticut and first female mayor of a U.S. state capital: Ann Uccello
First woman mayor of Sudbury, Ontario: Grace Hartman

1968

First woman mayor of Corona, California: Rena Parker[19]

1969

First woman elected mayor of Aspen, Colorado: Eve Homeyer[20]

1970s[edit]

1971

First woman elected mayor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Patience Latting[21]
Latting was also the first female mayor of any major U.S. city with more than 350,000 residents.[21]
First woman mayor of Santa Cruz, California: Lorette Wood[22]

1972

Ellen Walker Craig-Jones of (Urbancrest, Ohio) became the first African-American woman to be elected mayor, by popular vote, of a United States municipality.

1973

First woman elected mayor of Keansburg, New Jersey: Eileen Lloyd

1974

First woman elected Mayor of San Jose, California: Janet Gray Hayes[23]
Hayes was also the first female mayor of a major U.S. city with more than 500,000 residents.[23]
First African American woman mayor of Walthourville, Georgia: Carrie Kent
First woman mayor of Monticello, NY: Anne Kaplan

1975

First woman elected mayor of Fayetteville, North Carolina: Beth Finch[24]
First woman elected mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska: Helen Boosalis
First woman elected mayor of Cincinnati: Bobbie L. Sterne
First woman elected mayor of Whitehorse, Yukon: Ione Christensen[25]
First woman elected mayor of San Antonio, Texas: Lila Cockrell

1976

First woman elected Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona: Margaret Hance[26]
First woman elected mayor of Boca Raton, Florida: Dorothy Wilken[27]
First woman elected mayor of Laguna Beach, California: Phyllis Sweeney[28]

1977

First woman elected mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina: Isabella Cannon[29]
First African American woman elected mayor in Mississippi, Mayersville, Mississippi: Unita Blackwell
First woman elected mayor of Antwerp: Mathilde Schroyens
First woman elected Mayor of York, Pennsylvania: Betty Marshall[30]
First woman elected mayor of Santa Paula, California: Eleanor Crouch[31]
First woman elected mayor of Cherry Hill, New Jersey: Maria Barnaby Greenwald[32]

1978

First woman elected mayor of Thunder Bay, Ontario: Dusty Miller
First woman elected mayor of Waterloo, Ontario Marjorie Carroll

1979

First woman elected mayor of Chicago: Jane M. Byrne
First woman elected mayor of San Francisco: Dianne Feinstein

1980s[edit]

1980

First woman elected mayor of Noblesville, Indiana: Patricia Logan

1981

First woman elected mayor of Honolulu: Eileen Anderson
First woman elected mayor of Bakersfield, California: Mary K. Shell[33]

1982

First woman elected mayor of Chiayi City and the first woman elected mayor in Taiwan: Hsu Shih-Hsien[34]
First woman elected mayor of Houston, Texas: Kathryn J. Whitmire

1983

First woman elected mayor of Windsor, Ontario: Elizabeth Kishkon
First woman elected mayor of Auckland: Catherine Tizard[35]

1984

First black female mayor in Nova Scotia (Annapolis Royal): Daurene Lewis[36]

1985

First woman elected mayor of Henderson, Nevada: Lorna Kesterson[37]
First woman elected mayor of New Bern, North Carolina: Ella Bengel[38]
First woman elected mayor of Lewisville, Texas: Ann Pomykal[39]

1986

First woman elected mayor of Victoria, British Columbia: Gretchen Brewin
First woman elected mayor of Fortaleza: Maria Luíza Fontenele

1987

First woman elected mayor of Hartford, Connecticut: Carrie Saxon Perry
First woman elected mayor of Tampa, Florida: Sandra Warshaw Freedman[40]
First woman elected mayor of Westmount, Quebec: May Cutler

1988

First woman elected Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Sophie Masloff
First woman elected mayor of São Paulo, Brazil: Luiza Erundina

1989

First woman elected mayor of Edmonton, Alberta: Jan Reimer
First woman elected Mayor of Christchurch, New Zealand: Vicki Buck[41]
First woman elected Mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Janice Stork[42]
First woman elected mayor of El Paso, Texas: Suzie Azar

1990s[edit]

1990

First woman elected mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana: Hazel Beard

1991

First woman elected mayor of Toronto, Ontario: June Rowlands
First woman elected Mayor of Maui, Hawaii: Linda Lingle
First woman elected mayor of Halifax, Nova Scotia: Moira Leiper Ducharme[43]
First woman elected Mayor of Savannah, Georgia: Susan Weiner[44]

1992

First woman elected mayor of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Cheryll Woods-Flowers
First woman elected mayor of Oslo, Norway: Ann-Marit Sæbønes
First woman elected mayor of Pine City, Minnesota: Jane Robbins
First woman elected mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah: Deedee Corradini
First woman elected mayor Tulsa, Oklahoma: M. Susan Savage
First woman elected mayor of Winnipeg, Manitoba: Susan Thompson
First woman elected mayor of Wellington, New Zealand: Fran Wilde[45]

1993

First woman mayor of Eugene, Oregon: Ruth Bascom[46]
First woman elected mayor of Pottstown, Pennsylvania: Anne Jones[47]

1994

First woman and first African-American elected mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota: Sharon Sayles Belton

1995

First woman mayor of Colorado Springs, Colorado: Mary Lou Makepeace[48]
First woman elected mayor of Surprise, Arizona: Joan Shafer[49]
First woman elected mayor of Frankfurt, Germany: Petra Roth
First woman mayor of Tallinn, Estonia:Ivi Eenmaa[50]

1998

First woman elected mayor of Herzliya: Yael German
First woman elected mayor of Lipa City, Philippines: Vilma Santos
First woman elected mayor of Netanya: Miriam Feirberg

1999

First woman elected mayor of Brownsville, Texas: Blanca Vela[51]
First woman elected Mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada: Jan Laverty Jones
First woman elected Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri: Kay Barnes
First woman elected mayor of Gastonia, North Carolina: Jennifer Stultz
First woman elected mayor of Princeton, Indiana: Shirley Robb[52]

2000s[edit]

2001

First woman elected mayor of Belgrade: Radmila Hrustanović
First woman elected mayor of Dayton, Ohio: Rhine McLin
First woman and Black woman elected mayor of Atlanta, Georgia: Shirley Franklin
First woman elected mayor of Annapolis, Maryland: Ellen O. Moyer
First woman elected mayor of Dubrovnik: Dubravka Šuica
First woman elected mayor of Monrovia: Ophelia Hoff Saytumah

2002

First woman elected mayor of Cleveland, Ohio: Jane L. Campbell
First woman elected mayor of Athens, Greece: Dora Bakoyannis
First woman elected mayor of Stockholm, Sweden: Annika Billström
First woman elected mayor of Innsbruck, Austria: Hilde Zach[53]
First woman mayor of Edgewater, New Jersey: Nancy Merse[54]

2003

First woman mayor of Kiel, Germany: Angelika Volquartz
First woman mayor of Tartu, Estonia: Laine Jänes[55]

2004

First woman mayor of Novi Sad: Maja Gojković

2005

First woman elected mayor of Salem, Massachusetts: Kim Driscoll[56]
First woman mayor of Sarajevo: Semiha Borovac
First woman elected mayor of Quebec City: Andrée Boucher[57]
First woman elected mayor of Surrey, British Columbia: Dianne Watts[58]
First woman mayor of Ramallah and first woman mayor of a West Bank town: Janet Mikhail[59]
First woman mayor of Kochi, India: Mercy Williams[60]
First woman mayor of Thrissur, India: Prof. R Bindhu[61]

2006

First woman elected mayor of Nicosia, Cyprus: Eleni Mavrou[62]
First woman mayor of Copenhagen, Denmark:Ritt Bjerregaard
First woman elected mayor of Milan: Letizia Moratti
First woman elected mayor of Belize City, Belize: Zenaida Moya
First woman elected mayor of Warsaw, Poland: Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz
First woman elected mayor of Portage, Indiana: Olga Velazquez
First woman elected mayor of Grand Island, Nebraska: Margaret Hornady
First woman elected mayor of Kigali, Rwanda: Aissa Kirabo Kakira[63]

2007

First woman elected mayor of Nashua, New Hampshire: Donnalee Lozeau[64]
First woman elected mayor of East Haven, Connecticut: April Capone Almon
First woman elected mayor of Miami Beach, Florida: Matti Herrera Bower[65]
First black woman elected mayor of Baltimore, Maryland: Sheila Dixon
First female Democrat elected mayor of Tell City, Indiana: Barbara Ewing[66]
First woman elected mayor of Weymouth, Massachusetts: Susan M. Kay [67]
First woman elected mayor of Bedford, Indiana: Shawna M. Gurgis[68]

2008

First woman elected mayor of Cayce, South Carolina: Elise Partin
First woman elected mayor of Conway, South Carolina: Alys Lawson[69]
First woman elected mayor of Mullins, South Carolina: Pam Lee [70]
First woman elected mayor of Lexington, Virginia: Mimi Elrod[71]
First woman mayor of Adams, New York: Patricia Sweetland
First woman mayor of Newport, Rhode Island:Jeanne-Marie Napolitano[72]
First woman elected mayor of Northfield, Minnesota: Mary Rossing[73]
First woman elected mayor of Cody, Wyoming: Nancy Tia Brown[74]
First woman elected mayor of Perth Amboy, New Jersey: Wilda Diaz[75]
First woman elected mayor of Suffolk, Virginia: Linda Johnson
First woman mayor of Nili and first woman mayor in Afghanistan (appointed): Azra Jafari[76]
First woman elected mayor in Egypt: Eva Habil[77]

2009

First woman elected mayor of Zurich, Switzerland: Corine Mauch[78]
First woman appointed mayor of Pittston, Pennsylvania: Donna McFadden-Connors [79]
First woman elected mayor of Meridian, Mississippi: Cheri Barry [80]
First woman elected mayor of Yokohama, Japan: Fumiko Hayashi (mayor)
First women elected mayor of Syracuse, New York: Stephanie Miner
First women elected mayor Saratoga Springs, Utah and first black women mayor in Utah: Mia Love
First women elected mayor of West Jordan, Utah: Melissa Johnson
First women elected mayor of and first African-American mayor of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Linda Thompson
First woman elected mayor of Sofia, Bulgaria: Yordanka Fandakova

2010

First black woman mayor of Baltimore, Maryland who inherited the mayoral position (from Sheila Dixon): Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
First woman elected mayor of Brandon, Manitoba: Shari Decter Hirst
First woman elected mayor of Montevideo, Uruguay: Ana Olivera
First woman elected mayor of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario: Debbie Amaroso
First woman elected mayor of Columbus, Georgia: Teresa Tomlinson[81]
First woman elected mayor of Łódź, Poland: Hanna Zdanowska

2011

First woman elected mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee: Madeline Rogero
First woman elected mayor of Jurupa Valley, California and first mayor of Jurupa Valley, California: Laura Roughton[82]
First woman elected mayor of Gary, Indiana and first African-American woman elected mayor in the State of Indiana: Karen Freeman-Wilson

2012

First woman elected mayor of Guadalupe, California: Frances Ann Romero
First woman elected mayor of Bellingham, Washington: Kelli Linville

2013

First woman elected mayor of Newport, New York: Ashley Hennings [83]
First woman elected mayor of Omaha, Nebraska: Jean Stothert
First woman elected mayor, and first African-American woman mayor of Rochester, New York: Lovely Warren[84]
First woman elected mayor of Suffern, New York: Trish Abato[85]
First woman elected mayor of Cape Coral, Florida: Marni Sawicki[86]
First woman elected mayor of Moorhead, Minnesota: Del Rae Williams[87]
First woman elected mayor of Norwich, Connecticut: Deb Hinchey[88]
First woman elected mayor of Cedar City, Utah: Maile Wilson[89]
First woman elected mayor of Albany, New York: Kathy Sheehan[90]
First woman elected mayor, and first female African-American mayor of New Haven, Connecticut: Toni Harp[91]
First woman elected mayor of Derby, Connecticut: Anita Dugatto[92]

2014

First woman elected mayor of Nouakchott, Mauritania: Maty Mint Hamady[93]
First woman elected Mayor of Paris: Anne Hidalgo[94]
First woman elected mayor of San Benito, Texas: Celeste Sanchez[95]
First woman elected mayor of Garfield, New Jersey: Tana Raymond[96]
First woman mayor of Key Biscayne, Florida: Mayra Peña Lindsay[97]

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