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When four new Pensacola City Council members take their oath of office Tuesday, the event will mark the first time in the city’s history that the legislative body is made up of a majority of women.

Four new council members are taking their seats Tuesday: Jennifer Brahier for District 1, Casey Jones for District 3, Teniadé Broughton for District 5 and Delarian Wiggins for District 7.

When Brahier and Broughton take their seats, they will join council members Sherri Myers and Ann Hill as the four women on the seven-member council.

“I think it’s a sign of our times, and it’s about time,” Brahier said. “Not only is it the first time we’re majority female, this is the first time from my district to have a female.”

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Brahier, who also teaches statistics at Pensacola State College, said the council will now appropriately reflect the demographics of the population.

“The reality is we’re majority female in this world, and so it’s about time that we actually have a majority council,” she said.

Teniadé Broughton (Photo: Courtesy of Teniadé Broughton)

Broughton said it was fitting that the first majority women council would also occur during the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote.

“(Women representation is now) proportional to our community, and at the same time, we as women also don’t have this monolithic identity where we all think alike,” Broughton said.

As a woman, Broughton said, there is always the awareness of sexism in the world, and knowing the majority of the board is female removes some of that burden of the possibility of sexism.

“It frees up you to be able to vote and move in a way that does not have to consider it,” Broughton said.

Hill, the councilwoman from District 6, said she was thrilled to have four women on the council.

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“I think they’re going to be very special people on the council and make significant contributions,” Hill said.

District 2 Councilwoman Myers also said she was excited the council would reflect the demographic majority of the population.

“I think that that’s great symbolically and substantive in a lot of ways,” Myers said. “The more important issue, though, is what type of council are we going to have.”

The four new members taking seats Tuesday will also make the majority of the council first-term members.

Wiggins won his race for the seat in August against two other candidates, winning 53% of the vote. Wiggins, who is also an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputy, told the News Journal in