The Obama campaign is counting on an edge among female voters to help at the polls in November. Many commentators have questioned why challenger Mitt Romney has struggled to connect to that voting bloc, with some Democrats accusing the GOP of a “war on women.” But there are also the questions of why Obama appeals to female voters and who influences him. We search for clues in some of the women in Obama’s life.
Barack Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was among the most influential figures in his early life. Biographer and Post editor David Maraniss writes that Barack has his mother's will and much of her outlook. Maraniss describes her as a searcher and an idealist and says that if she came across as naive to her children, it was because she was protective of them. /AP Buy Photo