By John Guerriero, Erie Times-News
The speaker stepped to the microphone to address Erie City Council.
“And, you, the city fathers,” the speaker said, stopping short as he made eye contact with then-Councilwoman Joyce Savocchio in the early 1980s. ” … and city mother.”
Savocchio, the first elected councilwoman in the city’s history, encountered another awkward case of gender wordplay when a citizen at a public event asked, “Should we call you mayor or mayoress?”