In 1935, Alicia Cañas Zañartu was elected mayor of Providencia, a suburb of Santiago, Chile. This was the first time in Chilean history a woman was elected to public office and the first time a woman was elected mayor of any Latin American city. At the time, Chilean women were able to vote in municipal elections only, full suffrage did not come until 1949.
Alicia’s major achievement during her two terms as mayor was the remodeling Providencia. Under Alicia’s leadership, parks were build, avenues were expanded, and the sewer system was updated. Inspired by her Parisian childhood, Alicia commissioned the construction of Mercado Municipal de Providencia, a European-style public market.
Shortly before her death at the age of 100, Alicia was given a medal by the city and a plaza was renamed in her honor.
Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part II)
The St Louis County Council meeting was a fiery affair, as residents from across the county demanded Darren Wilson’s arrest, answers for Mike Brown’s death, and expressed frustration at their own police force being turned on them like they were enemies of the state. #staywoke #farfromover