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The Long Road to Mexico City’s First Elected Woman Mayor

Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo’s election last month was, in part, the result of a decades-long movement in Mexico by feminists and women in politics.
An installation in Mexico City during a campaign against violence against women in advance of International Women's Day. March 6, 2018
An installation in Mexico City during a campaign against violence against women in advance of International Women's Day. March 6, 2018Henry Romero/Reuters

When Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo takes office in December, it will be the culmination of an historic moment: Last month, she became the first woman elected mayor of Mexico City, winning 47 percent of the vote in a crowded field.

Sheinbaum’s election was a moment a long time in the making according to Ximena Andion, the executive director of the Simone de Beauvoir Leadership Institute in Mexico City, which runs programs on reproductive rights, women’s economic autonomy and political participation.