Feb 7, 2012

Mexico Presidential Race: Woman's candidacy tests Mexico's culture of machismo

CBS News: "Mexico's conservative ruling party is gambling that this country known for machismo is ready for a female president and have chosen a devout Roman Catholic and popular former congresswoman who says she sympathizes with the causes of the poor. Josefina Vazquez Mota, a 51-year-old economist, became the first female presidential candidate from any of Mexico's major parties late Sunday when she convincingly won the National Action Party's primary.

Her victory marks a milestone for women in Mexico, a country where they were not allowed to vote until 1953. ... National Action hopes Mexico is ready to follow in the footsteps of Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Chile and other Latin American countries that have elected female leaders recently." read more

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