Josefina Vazquez Mota: Will She Be The First Woman President Of Mexico?
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Josefina Vazquez Mota: Will She Be The First Woman President Of Mexico?

Will Josephina be able to break the ultimate glass ceiling? Will she overcome centuries of a patriarchal culture to rise to the highest position of authority in Mexico? she has certainly opened some doors for women in the traditional world of Mexican politics by defying the traditional barriers opf a male dominated society.

In the male dominated culture of Mexico, Josefina Vazquez Mota has been a force that has encouraged women throughout the country. A Devout Catholic, and astute business woman, Josefina has become a symbol of empowerment for women in a traditionally patriarchal culture. 

Growing up in a middle class family, Josefina married her childhood sweetheart Sergio Ocampo Munoz. Choosing to work while raising her three children, Josefina Vazquez Mota defied the traditional barriers that demanded, once married, a woman was to stay at home and raise her children and husband.

 Josefina Vazquez Mota who is an economist as well as a business woman and consultant and also a former congresswoman, has just become the first woman to become a major parties candidate for the office of president of Mexico.  All though Women have run for the presidency before they have never been one of the three major parties candidates. This is a crucial landmark event in the male dominated society of Mexico. Is 2012 the year that candidate will elect its first woman president?

 The Months that will lead up to Mexico's July first presidential election will be an up hill battle for Josefina Vazquez Mota as she contends against the front-runner, former Mexico state governor Enrique Pena Nieto and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who had a razor thin loss in 2006 against President Felipe Calderon.

 Obviously she is not the machismo political establishments preferred choice of candidate; But Josefina Vazquez Mota adds excitement and an historical factor to the race. Even though President Calderon is of the National Action Party, He has not supported Josephina's candidacy. One might have expected him to be a strong supporter since she was his campaign manager during the 2006 successful presidential election and was later to be appointed as Caldrons’ Education Secretary. Cultural traditions are deep in this patriarchal society.  They are deep enough to prevent the president from supporting Josephina as a candidate.

 Let's find out a little about this woman who has upset the traditional machismo of Mexican politics. Josefina was born the fourth of seven children on January 20, 1961 to a paint store franchise owner and his wife. She grew up in a traditional Catholic home and eventually attended university and graduate school. She then worked as a financial consultant and business columnist. She is married to her high school sweetheart Businessman Sergio Ocampo. They are the parents of three children.

  Josefina Vazquez Mota began a career in politics when she was elected Congress in 2000. After just three months as a legislator, she was pulled into President Vicente Fox's cabinet as the head of the Social Development department. Josephina was to eventually become the campaign manager that headed up Felipe Calderon's successful 2006 presidential bid. 

 The attractive 51 year old Josefina Vazquez Mota Has brought a fresh excitement to Mexico's 2012 presidential contest and she has certainly opened some doors for women in the traditional world of Mexican politics.

 Will Josephina be able to break the ultimate glass ceiling? Will she overcome centuries of a patriarchal culture to rise to the highest position of authority in Mexico? Will Josefina Vazquez Mota become the first woman president of Mexico? We will find out this summer when the elections are held.

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very interesting article thank you

Very interestong story.

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