No female mayor in Seattle since 1926

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Associated Press

Posted on February 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — Despite Seattle's progressive self-image, the city has not elected a woman mayor in 85 years.

The Seattle Times says (http://is.gd/sVM3ib ) a woman has not even appeared on the general-election ballot since 1926.

The trend appears to be continuing. So far, seven candidates have announced they'll challenge Mayor Mike McGinn in the 2013 mayoral contest. Only one is a woman: a Seattle activist Kate Martin who has raised $133 from herself.

Several prominent women have been mentioned as potential candidates, but so far none has been willing to take the leap. Some cite satisfaction with their current jobs or uncertainty about their prospects.

Women have made major gains in political representation in recent decades, but the top U.S. political offices remain male dominated -- especially big-city mayor's offices.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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