7 Female Mayors Who Are Ruling the World
Women have always been great leaders. We often hear about women taking over in most fields and acing it. Politics itself has seen a major raise in the number of women holding the office all over the world. Most of us have been following the Hillary Clinton journey, but politics being the topic of discussion everywhere, we came across female mayors who have been shaping cities in a fantastic manner. Having a female mayor is not about have a feminist mind, it is also about how they cater to the happiness and growth of their people.
Here are seven badass women who are bringing changes and running their cities:
1. Anne Hidalgo: Mayor, City of Paris, France
Anne is a Spanish-French politician. She is the first woman to hold the office. She has been a member of the Socialist Party since 1994. She was the First Deputy Mayor of Paris. She was elected as a Councillor in 2001 for the 15th arrondissement and ran again in the French municipal elections. Anne has proposed a ban on diesel motors in Paris streets and she has promised to have a 24/7 service for the metro.
2. Cyvette M. Gibson: Mayor, City of Paynesville, Liberia
Cyvette was appointed as acting mayor of the city of Paynesville, Liberia in 2012. As the youngest mayor to serve the position of city mayor in Liberia, she has focused her administration on improving and empowering communities in Paynesville by providing infrastructure,education, access to employment and entrepreneurship, and basic services such as water, energy, sanitation, housing, health, and safety. Under her guidance, the city of Paynesville has come undergone immense changes and has made strides forward .
3. Henriette Reker: Mayor, Cologne, Germany
Henriette is a German lawyer and the first female mayor elected in Cologne's history. She is known for her pro-immigration stance and for being the victim of an assassination attempt in 2015. A day after the attack, Reker was elected mayor of Cologne after gaining 52.66% of the votes. Born in Cologne, Reker has been mayoral deputy of Gelsenkirchen since 2000, when in 2010 she was appointed a mayoral deputy for social affairs, integration and the environment of the city of Cologne.
4. Megan Christine Barry: Mayor, Nashville, USA
Megan is the 7th mayor of Nashville and Davidson County. She is the first woman to hold the post and the second woman to serve as mayor of one of the "Big Four" cities in Tennessee. In 2009 she led an effort in the council to pass a bill banning discrimination against city employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity. She performed the first same-sex wedding in Nashville in 2015.
5. Vera Baboun: Mayor, Bethlehem
Vera is a Palestinian politician and the first female mayor of Bethlehem. Baboun has a master's degree in African-American literature. Prior to her election, she was an English literature lecturer at Bethlehem University. Additionally, she is the chairperson of the Board of Directors for Guidance and Training Centre for Family and Children as well as a gender studies researcher looking at the role of information technology in empowering women in the Arab world. At the time of her election, she was a Ph.D. candidate in Arab-American women’s literature. As mayor, Baboun presides over a city with the highest unemployment in the West Bank. She hopes to stop the flow of emigration by creating job opportunities for young people.
Dorothy is the first directly elected mayor of Watford, Hertfordshire. She was the Liberal Democrats' first directly elected mayor, and was also the first female directly elected mayor in the United Kingdom. She has been Mayor of Watford since May 2002, being re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014. She was was assistant head teacher at Queens' School in Bushey for several years and had a teaching career spanning over 25 years.
7. Ana María Olivera Pessano: Mayor, Montevideo, Uruguay
Ana is an Uruguayan professor and politician belonging to the Communist Party of Uruguay She has served as Deputy Minister of Social Development. In the municipal elections, she ran as the only candidate of Frente Amplio and was elected as the Intendant of Montevideo, a position which she has held since 8 July 2010. She has focused on fighting violence against women as well.