In recent years more women have been elected mayor in large cities than ever before.
In 1989 the four largest Texas cities, El Paso, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, all had women mayors. In 1990 Washington, D.C., gained its first woman mayor—Sharon Pratt Dixon (later Kelly), also the first black woman to head one of the top 20 American cities.
By 1993 the second and third largest California cities, San Diego and San Jose, had women mayors.
In 1997 hundreds of thousands of African American women Joined the Million Woman March in Philadelphia to celebrate sisterhood and encourage community involvement.