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Who Was the First Woman to Run for Mayor of NYC?

 The honor goes to Cynthia Leonard, who joined presidential candidate Belva Lockwood's 1888 campaign on the National Equal Rights Party ticket. Leonard wanted to break public utility monopolies, provide free housing for the poor, and disallow "any great poverty or great wealth." The mother of the celebrated theater star Lillian Russell, Leonard also advocated for publicly sponsored performances that would include free meals.

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