Rising Female Politicians
By Sarah Wildman
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TZIPI LIVNI, 48, ISRAEL
TODAY: Foreign minister and vice prime minister in the new Kadima Party, co - created last year with former prime minister Ariel Sharon and other prominent political figures.
TOMORROW: She is touted as the next Golda Meirprime minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974, and the only other woman to have served as foreign minister.
BACKSTORY: Raised in a family of hard-core Zionists (her parents both fought for the underground Irgun Zvai Leumi movement), Livni has been publicly firm about her belief in a two-state solution. Though she only decided to enter politics at 37, shes Israels own Sidney Bristow, boasting a four-year stint with the countrys legendary Mossad spy agency.