Iowa has not elected a women to Congress, and Iowans have never elected a female governor.
Because of this history, some are wondering how well a woman can do in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
In the last week, Michele Bachmann has been attacked for having had migraines that have left her unable to function, as The Daily Caller website reported.
Other critics have attacked her for what they felt were excessive makeup purchases that were revelaed in her Federal Election Commitee filings.
Bachmann, even though she has been attacked by Tim Pawlenty for lacking a record and executive experience, has surged to the top of the polls in Iowa.
She has soared past the other candidates because she does not sound poll-tested and speaks with a populist tone that often gets diluted inside the Beltway.
And critics who harp on her migraines and makeup may actually be emboldening her candidacy.
Sure, these stereotypes may hurt her if there are enough sexist voters in Iowa. But would sexists even vote for a women in the first place?
In reality, these initial attakcs on Bachmann may embolden her support among women voters in Iowa and encourage them to go to the Straw Poll next month in Ames for her and caucus for her.
At an address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Thursday Bachmann deflected questions about her husband and the federal benefits she and her husband have received.
The more her critics make an issue out of silly things like how much Bachmann spends on makeup, the easier it will be for Bachmann to turn that negative energy into a positive for her campaign, particularly in Iowa.