Madam Mayor

On Monday evening, Jean Stothert, her family and members of her staff gathered in the mayor’s office on the third foor of Omaha’s City Hall.

Mayor Jean Stothert gathers with family and friends before her inauguration at City Hall in Omaha on Monday, June 10, 2013. "Omaha is a wonderful place to live and work and raise a family. I am very optimistic about our future. We don't know the challenges and opportunities that will present themselves to us in the coming four years, but whatever they are, I know we will manage them well," Stothert said. ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD

Mayor Jean Stothert gathers with family and friends before her inauguration at City Hall in Omaha on Monday, June 10, 2013. “Omaha is a wonderful place to live and work and raise a family. I am very optimistic about our future. We don’t know the challenges and opportunities that will present themselves to us in the coming four years, but whatever they are, I know we will manage them well,” Stothert said. ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD

Graciously, I had been allowed to join in on the festivities after I pitched the idea to follow Stothert from her inauguration as Omaha’s first female mayor through her first week in office.

Throughout the week, I photographed a number of Stothert’s public appearances, meetings, press conferences and moments of reprieve at the mayoral desk. City Hall reporter Juan Perez Jr. wrote an accompanying story.

A space awaits the arrival of Mayor Jean Stothert's portrait alongside her 50 predecessors -- all of whom were male -- on the third floor of City Hall  in Omaha on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.  ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD

A space awaits the arrival of Mayor Jean Stothert’s portrait alongside her 50 predecessors — all of whom were male — on the third floor of City Hall in Omaha on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD

Any election is historic, but I thought this transistion was important to document, especially considering the fact that Omaha has had 50 mayors — all of whom were male — before Stothert.

“I am honored beyond words to serve as the first woman mayor of Omaha,” Stothert said.

Jean Stothert is inaugurated as Omaha's mayor at City Hall in Omaha on Monday, June 10, 2013. ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD

Jean Stothert is inaugurated as Omaha’s mayor at City Hall in Omaha on Monday, June 10, 2013. ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD

In a speech, Stothert quipped, “People say, what do I call you? ‘Miss Mayor? Madam Mayor?’ I said, “Jean’s fine.”

 

Alyssa Schukar

About Alyssa Schukar

I have been a staff photojournalist at the Omaha World-Herald since September 2008. I'm from Lincoln and am a 2006 graduate of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Previously, I worked as an assistant at Malone and Co., a commercial photography studio in Omaha. My favorite pictures are those that give insight on the life of an individual or family because I understand the world better through the experiences of the people I meet. It's always humbling to be allowed such intimate access. My most challenging assignments come in many forms. Funerals, especially those of soldiers, always are emotionally draining, but I try to approach people with respect and dignity. In my time at the paper, I have covered a wide variety of assignments, including the Nebraska and Iowa National Guard's deployments in Afghanistan, Husker football at home and away, portraits of wigs big and small, rodeo queen competitions and intimate views of everyday life and love. Follow me on twitter @OWHalyssa.
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