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: 1880s1890s
20th century: 1900s1910s1920s1930s1940s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s
21st century: 2000s2010s
References

1880s[edit]

1887

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

1890s[edit]

1893

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

1900s[edit]

1908

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

1910s[edit]

1918

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

1920s[edit]

1920

Lula V. Coleman, Deputy Sheriff of LaSalle Parish, is appointed Mayor of Jena, Louisiana by Governor John M. Parker as the first woman Mayor in Louisiana[4]

1921

Lillian Cox Gault, first woman elected mayor in Minnesota[5]

1922

Alice Harrell Strickland, first woman elected mayor in the U.S. state of Georgia[6]

1923

Emma J. Harvat, 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[7]
Janet Stancomb-Wills, first woman mayor of Ramsgate, Kent, England[8]

1925

Rebecca Estell Bourgeois Winston, first woman elected mayor in New Jersey:,[9] first mayor and founder of Estell Manor

1925

Maggie Skipwith Smith, first woman elected mayor in Louisiana:[10]

1926

Bertha Knight Landes, first woman Mayor of Seattle, Washington and first woman mayor of a major American city[11]

1927

Fanne Gaar, first woman elected mayor in Arizona, mayor of Casa Grande, Arizona[12]

1928

Lena Culver Hawkins, first lady mayor in the state of Florida. Mayor of Brooksville, Florida
Alzira Soriano, first woman elected mayor in Latin America, mayor of Lajes, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

1930s[edit]

1936

Barbara Hanley, first female mayor of Webbwood, Ontario, and the first woman elected mayor in Canada

1937

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

1938

Lilian Fowler, first woman mayor of Newtown, Australia and first woman elected mayor in Australia[13]

1939

Alice D. Burke, first woman mayor of Westfield, Massachusetts and first woman elected mayor in New England[14]

1940s[edit]

1941

Elsie Chamberlain, first woman mayor of Bangor, Gwynedd[15]

1944 Mary Carey Dondero, first woman mayor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire[16]

1946

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

1949

Dorothy McCullough Lee, first female mayor of Portland, Oregon is elected

1950s[edit]

1950

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

1951

Charlotte Whitton, first woman elected mayor of Ottawa, Ontario

1953

Agnes Israelson, first woman elected mayor in Minnesota

1954

Dorothy N. Dolbey, first woman elected mayor in Cincinnati[17]

1956

Dorothy Edwards, first woman elected mayor in Tasmania and of Launceston[18]

1960s[edit]

1961

May Ross McDowell, first woman elected mayor of Johnson City, Tennessee[19]
Violet Kusbel Cimbora, first woman elected mayor in Florida. Mayor of Masaryktown, Florida

1963

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

1965

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

1967

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

1968

Rena Parker, first woman mayor of Corona, California[20]

1969

Eve Homeyer, first woman elected mayor of Aspen, Colorado[21]

1970s[edit]

1971

Patience Latting, first woman elected mayor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma[22]
Latting was also the first female mayor of any major U.S. city with more than 350,000 residents.[22]
Lorette Wood, first woman mayor of Santa Cruz, California[23]

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

Eileen Lloyd, first woman elected mayor of Keansburg, New Jersey

1974

Janet Gray Hayes, first woman elected Mayor of San Jose, California[24]
Hayes was also the first female mayor of a major U.S. city with more than 500,000 residents.[24]
Carrie Kent, first African American woman mayor of Walthourville, Georgia
Anne Kaplan, first woman mayor of Monticello, NY

1975

Beth Finch, first woman elected mayor of Fayetteville, North Carolina[25]
Helen Boosalis, first woman elected mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska
Bobbie L. Sterne, first woman elected mayor of Cincinnati
Ione Christensen, first woman elected mayor of Whitehorse, Yukon[26]
Lila Cockrell, first woman elected mayor of San Antonio, Texas

1976

Margaret Hance, first woman elected Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona[27]
Dorothy Wilken, first woman elected mayor of Boca Raton, Florida[28]
Phyllis Sweeney, first woman elected mayor of Laguna Beach, California[29]

1977

Isabella Cannon, first woman elected mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina[30]
Unita Blackwell, first African American woman elected mayor in Mississippi, Mayersville, Mississippi
Mathilde Schroyens, first woman elected mayor of Antwerp
Betty Marshall, first woman elected Mayor of York, Pennsylvania[31]
Eleanor Crouch, first woman elected mayor of Santa Paula, California[32]
Maria Barnaby Greenwald, first woman elected mayor of Cherry Hill, New Jersey[33]

1978

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

1979

Jane M. Byrne, first woman elected mayor of Chicago
Jane M. Byrne was also the first female mayor of any U.S. city with more than 1,000,000 residents. Also the first female mayor of any major U.S. city with more than 2,000,000 or 3,000,000 residents.
Dianne Feinstein, first woman elected mayor of San Francisco

1980s[edit]

1980

Patricia Logan, first woman elected mayor of Noblesville, Indiana

1981

Eileen Anderson, first woman elected mayor of Honolulu
Mary K. Shell, first woman elected mayor of Bakersfield, California[34]

1982

Hsu Shih-Hsien, first woman elected mayor of Chiayi City and the first woman elected mayor in Taiwan[35]
Kathryn J. Whitmire, first woman elected mayor of Houston, Texas

1983

Elizabeth Kishkon, first woman elected mayor of Windsor, Ontario
Catherine Tizard, first woman elected mayor of Auckland[36]

1984

Daurene Lewis, first black female mayor in Nova Scotia (Annapolis Royal)[37]

1985

Lorna Kesterson, first woman elected mayor of Henderson, Nevada[38]
Ella Bengel, first woman elected mayor of New Bern, North Carolina[39]
Ann Pomykal, first woman elected mayor of Lewisville, Texas[40]

1986

Gretchen Brewin, first woman elected mayor of Victoria, British Columbia
Doone Kennedy, first woman elected Lord Mayor of Hobart, Tasmania[41]
Maria Luíza Fontenele, first woman elected mayor of Fortaleza

1987

Carrie Saxon Perry, first woman elected mayor of Hartford, Connecticut
Sandra Warshaw Freedman, first woman elected mayor of Tampa, Florida[42]
May Cutler, first woman elected mayor of Westmount, Quebec

1988

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

1989

Jan Reimer, first woman elected mayor of Edmonton, Alberta
Vicki Buck, first woman elected Mayor of Christchurch, New Zealand[43]
Janice Stork, first woman elected Mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania[44]
Suzie Azar, first woman elected mayor of El Paso, Texas

1990s[edit]

1990

Hazel Beard, first woman elected mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana

1991

June Rowlands, first woman elected mayor of Toronto, Ontario
Linda Lingle, first woman elected Mayor of Maui, Hawaii
Moira Leiper Ducharme, first woman elected mayor of Halifax, Nova Scotia[45]
Susan Weiner, first woman elected Mayor of Savannah, Georgia[46]

1992

Cheryll Woods-Flowers, first woman elected mayor of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Ann-Marit Sæbønes, first woman elected mayor of Oslo, Norway
Jane Robbins, first woman elected mayor of Pine City, Minnesota
Deedee Corradini, first woman elected mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah
M. Susan Savage, first woman elected mayor Tulsa, Oklahoma
Susan Thompson, first woman elected mayor of Winnipeg, Manitoba
Fran Wilde, first woman elected mayor of Wellington, New Zealand[47]

1993

Ruth Bascom, first woman mayor of Eugene, Oregon[48]
Anne Jones, First woman elected mayor of Pottstown, Pennsylvania[49]

1994

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

1995

Mary Lou Makepeace, first woman mayor of Colorado Springs, Colorado[50]
Joan Shafer, first woman elected mayor of Surprise, Arizona[51]
Petra Roth first woman elected mayor of Frankfurt, Germany
Ivi Eenmaa, first woman mayor of Tallinn, Estonia[52]

1998

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

1999

Blanca Vela, first woman elected mayor of Brownsville, Texas[53]
Jan Laverty Jones, first woman elected Mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada
Kay Barnes, first woman elected Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri
Jennifer Stultz, first woman elected mayor of Gastonia, North Carolina
Shirley Robb, first woman elected mayor of Princeton, Indiana[54]

2000s[edit]

2001

Yvonne Brown, first black woman elected mayor of Tchula, Mississippi; first black Republican woman elected mayor in the state of Mississippi
Radmila Hrustanović, first woman elected mayor of Belgrade
Rhine McLin, first woman elected mayor of Dayton, Ohio
Shirley Franklin, first woman and black woman elected mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
Jane Leaver, first woman elected mayor of Medina, Ohio[55]
Ellen O. Moyer, first first woman elected mayor of Annapolis, Maryland
Dubravka Šuica, first woman elected mayor of Dubrovnik
Ophelia Hoff Saytumah, first woman elected mayor of Monrovia

2002

Jane L. Campbell, first woman elected mayor of Cleveland, Ohio
Dora Bakoyannis, first woman elected mayor of Athens, Greece
Annika Billström, first woman elected mayor of Stockholm, Sweden
Hilde Zach, first woman elected mayor of Innsbruck, Austria[56]
Nancy Merse, first woman mayor of Edgewater, New Jersey[57]

2003

Angelika Volquartz, first woman mayor of Kiel, Germany
Laine Jänes, first woman mayor of Tartu, Estonia[58]

2004

Maja Gojković, first woman mayor of Novi Sad

2005

Kim Driscoll, first woman elected mayor of Salem, Massachusetts[59]
Semiha Borovac, first woman mayor of Sarajevo
Andrée Boucher, first woman elected mayor of Quebec City[60]
Dianne Watts, first woman elected mayor of Surrey, British Columbia[61]
Janet Mikhail, first woman mayor of Ramallah and first woman mayor of a West Bank town[62]
Mercy Williams, first woman mayor of Kochi, India[63]
Prof. R Bindhu, first woman mayor of Thrissur, India[63]

2006

Eleni Mavrou, first woman elected mayor of Nicosia, Cyprus[64]
Ritt Bjerregaard, first woman mayor of Copenhagen, Denmark
Letizia Moratti, first woman elected mayor of Milan
Zenaida Moya, first woman elected mayor of Belize City, Belize
Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, first woman elected mayor of Warsaw, Poland
Olga Velazquez, first woman elected mayor of Portage, Indiana
Margaret Hornady, first woman elected mayor of Grand Island, Nebraska
Aissa Kirabo Kakira, first woman elected mayor of Kigali, Rwanda[65]

2007

Donnalee Lozeau, first woman elected mayor of Nashua, New Hampshire[66]
April Capone Almon, first woman elected mayor of East Haven, Connecticut
Matti Herrera Bower, first woman elected mayor of Miami Beach, Florida[67]
Sheila Dixon, first black woman elected mayor of Baltimore, Maryland
Barbara Ewing, first female Democrat elected mayor of Tell City, Indiana[68]
Susan M. Kay, first woman elected mayor of Weymouth, Massachusetts[69]
Shawna M. Gurgis, first woman elected mayor of Bedford, Indiana[70]

2008

Elise Partin, first woman elected mayor of Cayce, South Carolina
Alys Lawson, first woman elected mayor of Conway, South Carolina[71]
Pam Lee, first woman elected mayor of Mullins, South Carolina[72]
Mimi Elrod, first woman elected mayor of Lexington, Virginia[73]
Patricia Sweetland, first woman mayor of Adams, New York
Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, first woman mayor of Newport, Rhode Island[74]
Mary Rossing, first woman elected mayor of Northfield, Minnesota[75]
Nancy Tia Brown, first woman elected mayor of Cody, Wyoming[76]
Wilda Diaz, first woman elected mayor of Perth Amboy, New Jersey[77]
Linda Johnson, first woman elected mayor of Suffolk, Virginia
Azra Jafari, first woman mayor of Nili and first woman mayor in Afghanistan (appointed)[78]
Eva Habil, first woman elected mayor in Egypt[79]

2009

Corine Mauch, first woman elected mayor of Zurich, Switzerland[80]
Donna McFadden-Connors, first woman appointed mayor of Pittston, Pennsylvania[81]
Cheri Barry, first woman elected mayor of Meridian, Mississippi[82]
Fumiko Hayashi, first woman elected mayor of Yokohama, Japan
Stephanie Miner, first women elected mayor of Syracuse, New York
Mia Love, first women elected mayor Saratoga Springs, Utah and first black women mayor in Utah
Melissa Johnson, first women elected mayor of West Jordan, Utah
Linda Thompson, first women elected mayor of and first African-American mayor of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Yordanka Fandakova, first woman elected mayor of Sofia, Bulgaria

2010s[edit]

2010

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, first black woman mayor of Baltimore, Maryland who inherited the mayoral position (from Sheila Dixon)
Shari Decter Hirst, first woman elected mayor of Brandon, Manitoba
Ana Olivera, first woman elected mayor of Montevideo, Uruguay
Debbie Amaroso, first woman elected mayor of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Teresa Tomlinson, first woman elected mayor of Columbus, Georgia[83]
Hanna Zdanowska, first woman elected mayor of Łódź, Poland

2011

Madeline Rogero, first woman elected mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee
Laura Roughton, first woman elected mayor of Jurupa Valley, California and first mayor of Jurupa Valley, California[84]
Karen Freeman-Wilson, first woman elected mayor of Gary, Indiana and first African-American woman elected mayor in the State of Indiana

2012

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

2013

Ashley Hennings, first woman elected mayor of Newport, New York[85]
Jean Stothert, first woman elected mayor of Omaha, Nebraska
Lovely Warren, first woman elected mayor, and first African-American woman mayor of Rochester, New York[86]
Trish Abato, first woman elected mayor of Suffern, New York[87]
Marni Sawicki, first woman elected mayor of Cape Coral, Florida[88]
Del Rae Williams, first woman elected mayor of Moorhead, Minnesota[89]
Deb Hinchey, first woman elected mayor of Norwich, Connecticut[90]
Maile Wilson, first woman elected mayor of Cedar City, Utah[91]
Kathy Sheehan, first woman elected mayor of Albany, New York[92]
Toni Harp, first woman elected mayor, and first female African-American mayor of New Haven, Connecticut[93]
Anita Dugatto, first woman elected mayor of Derby, Connecticut[94]
Stacey Jordan, first woman elected mayor of Moorestown, New Jersey[95]

2014

Maty Mint Hamady, first woman elected mayor of Nouakchott, Mauritania[96]
Anne Hidalgo, first woman elected Mayor of Paris[97]
Celeste Sanchez, first woman elected mayor of San Benito, Texas[98]
Tana Raymond, first woman elected mayor of Garfield, New Jersey[99]
Mayra Peña Lindsay, first woman mayor of Key Biscayne, Florida[100]

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