I was raised by a woman who took herself from foster care to a masters program and was an established professional and managed her own business professionally. She set a high standard in my mind by not depending on men for support or to define her goals and needs, and I prefer to be with a woman whose drive and accomplishments I admire.
I learned a lot about myself from travel and I tend to gravitate towards people who have spent serious time abroad - even better if its part of their heritage (Immigrant friendly). Purebred local Americans tend to have a very narrow and entitled view of how the world works which I find stifling.
My background is fairly liberal and I lean towards NPR - however I don't get along well with people for whom argument and winning are primary values. Evangelism and intellectual intolerance are a major turn off for me.