Supervisor Gloria Molina shared a photo of her Los Angeles City Council days as a #TBT (Throwback Thursday) today. Since Nury Martinez who was elected on Tuesday, a Latina hasn’t been elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 25 years since Molina held that spot.
As a caption to the photo Molina posted, “There hasn’t been a Latina on the L.A. City Council since I left in 1991. In honor of your recent election,Nury Martinez, this #TBT is from my first visit as Councilwoman-elect to Council chambers, where I was introduced by then-Mayor Tom Bradley. It was a very emotional time for me – and I hope you enjoy your first visit as much as I did!”
I understand the celebratory mood, but honestly, I’m more inclined to wonder, who did Molina mentor to take her place? Sadly, the same can be asked about Los Angeles councilmembers Janice Hahn and Jan Perry who recently were termed out of their council seats and replaced by men.
There’s a lot of people who write about women in politics, but for the women who actually get elected, who are they mentoring to ensure that other women take their seats? Just curious.