Sheila Cheimets ran for Canton’s Board of Selectmen in 1972 after the women’s movement had emerged as a national force. A mother of three young boys, she wore plaid bellbottoms and had just lost her job as managing editor of the Canton Reporter, because the newspaper folded.
One potential voter shook her hand, wished her luck, and told her he would not vote for her because she was a woman.
“I thought it was strange,’’ she told the Globe in a 1974 interview. “I can’t imagine a woman saying anything like that to a man.’’