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Will St. Petersburg women rally behind Kathleen Ford?



ST. PETERSBURG — Mayoral candidate Kathleen Ford believes her gender has made her more susceptible to complaints about her temperament.

Her eye rolls spark media analysis. Her tense interactions with other politicians come up during community forums. Her questioning style has been labeled harsh. She has been called the B-word.

"I'm a woman and I'm assertive and I'm a hard worker," said Ford, a 52-year-old lawyer and former City Council member. "It's concerning to me that that term is used for assertive women."

But for all Ford's insistence that the ongoing debate about her temperament is sexist and not reflective of her everyday behavior, her gender could prove to be a political asset.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:14pm]


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