Decisions made in City Hall definitely impact women's lives, though not everyone quoted in this article recognized that. As a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 1977 to 1993, there were several issues on which my leadership was crucial to decisions impacting women.
In the mid-1980s, Los Angeles made headlines when we approved a wage scale in which new clerical workers made as much as newly hired gardeners and maintenance workers. It was called "pay equity."
In the late 1970s, we made major changes in how veterans preference points were awarded, opening higher-level jobs to qualified women. We guaranteed new mothers the right to return to their jobs after maternity leave.