It is not unusual for a woman today to be seen as an asset in some political situations - particularly in circumstances where she is unexpected, or even a novelty, and can be seen to voters as a sign of a party's 'modernity' or renewal. But once a woman is actually in office (political), focus quickly shifts from symbolic value to performance.

Question: What do you think the standards are that people judge a leader by, the woman leader ? Share your views...

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