A Trailblazing Los Angeles County Supervisor

Political Science & Public Policy

After Tuesday's election, the Los Angeles Times reports, Los Angeles County will make history with an all-female Board of Supervisors.

Forty-one years ago, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke blazed a trail when Gov. Jerry Brown appointed her to serve as the first woman on the board. Burke also became the first Black supervisor and broke ground in many other ways during her long career in elective politics. Today, the USC Libraries' Special Collections are home to Burke's papers, part of the libraries' extensive holdings in Southern California regional history.