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I've heard before that one of the reasons Margaret Thatcher was elected Prime Minister in the UK years ago had to do with her politics -- as a woman, she herself was already a "liberal" idea, and so it was necessary that she be a conservative politician in order to attract a broad spectrum of voters -- conservative moderates, liberal moderates, and probably some in between.

With Obama, this didn't exactly pan out-- liberal politician, "liberal idea" to elect an African-American president.

I'm interested to know to what extent you've seen this ring true in rural vs. urban women politicians -- are there any sociocultural factors that indicate that conservative women are more successful in urban/rural areas, or vice-versa?

Great article!

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