Newly elected Bogota mayor a 'huge step forward' for women

CHRISTINE ARMARIO
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Colombia Elections

Claudia Lopez, candidate for mayor of Bogota with the Green Alliance, celebrates her election victory in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. Colombians went to the polls Sunday to choose mayors, state governors and local assemblies. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Months before her history-making election, Claudia López was butting heads with a television anchor over his description of her character.

"You talk sometimes like you're arguing," he quipped on a live segment.

"Don't come at me with that condescending chauvinism," she shot back.

Now the 49-year-old politician with a doctorate from Northwestern University in Chicago will take her fight against corruption and inequality to the big stage as the first elected female mayor of Colombia's largest city.

The analyst-turned-politician's victory is being hailed as an important advancement in a nation where women made up just over 10 percent of all candidates aspiring to become mayors or governors in Sunday's elections.

She told supporters: "This is a small step for me. But for Colombian women this is a huge step forward."