Even at Sophie Masloff's funeral, a prominent female leader was overlooked

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Chelsa Wagner, Allegheny County controller, participated in the service for Mayor Sophie Masloff at Temple Sinai. I spoke with her there. Your reporters Jim O’Toole and Jon Schmitz did not see her. Perhaps they do not know her. In any case, they did not mention her in their article naming elected officials present (“Pittsburgh Says a Final Goodbye to Former Mayor Sophie Masloff,” Aug. 20). In fact, there was no elected woman mentioned.

Chelsa is one of the highest elected officials in Western Pennsylvania. But then, she is a woman. Sophie must be smiling, thinking “same ol’, same ol’.”

John Seidman, in his touching remarks about Sophie’s life, mentioned the misogyny that exists in our area — and the men on the stage smiled. Mayor Sophie Masloff lived 96 years. It seems very little has changed where recognition of women is concerned.

We are thankful for women who pursue public office and succeed. The successes in Allegheny County are few. As Mayor Bill Peduto said, “Sophie succeeded.” Chelsa Wagner will continue to succeed.

Today, Aug. 26, is the 94th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. As we celebrate women’s right to vote, let’s remember that diversity brings strength.

Highland Park


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