November 29, 1991 |
In 1965, Harriett M. Wieder, then a young staffer for Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty, was hustling to a lunch, running late. As she took her seat, she noticed the cold stares from her companions, every one of whom was a man. She reached for a cigarette to steady her nerves, and one of the men growled: "My God, she smokes too." Twenty-six years later, Wieder, the only woman ever elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, now gets to do a little growling of her own.