First woman elected mayor of Mexico City takes office

First woman elected mayor of Mexico City takes office

First woman elected mayor of Mexico City takes officeThe first woman elected mayor of Mexico City was sworn in Wednesday for a six-year term leading one of the world's largest cities, in a country with a deep tradition of machismo. Claudia Sheinbaum, a 56-year-old scientist and environmentalist, rode to victory in the July 1 elections on the same anti-establishment wave that brought her left-wing ally and former mentor to power, Mexico's new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Another woman previously served as mayor of the capital on an interim basis -- Rosario Robles, from 1999 to 2000 -- but Sheinbaum, who holds a doctorate in physics, is the first woman elected to the post.