When TV personality Bothaina Kamel decided to run for president in April 2011, she knew she had no chance of winning. But she wanted "to break taboos, and I believe I've achieved this." Back then, "a woman candidate was regarded as an alien, but now the idea is accepted. Now there has been a woman candidate who went through the process."
Moreover, when Kamel traveled to remote villages to collect signatures for her candidacy, she found that common people accepted a female contender. "So what if you are a woman?" illiterate women told her. "Look at what men have done to us. Let's try a woman."