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A moderate Islamist party that had been banned for decades in Tunisia appeared headed for victory Monday in the region's first elections of the Arab Spring.
The traditional Western views of Arab women as docile, submissive, black-draped figures hidden from the public eye have been challenged this past spring during the mass uprisings across the Arab world. Women have spearheaded protests - sometimes appearing on the front lines more often than men - but will the Arab Spring keep its promises of change to these women, or will the coming fall be just as harsh toward them as countless seasons past? Will the women whose support was openly welcomed in the heat of a rally be ignored when they ask for their half of the freedoms promised by regime change? Furthermore, what do these developments mean for women in other Gulf states?