Has Obama's election opened the door for women and other minorities to be elected to high political offices?
I think so, yes. While it is somewhat cliche, once the public mindset has accepted social progress and advancement as a reality, other, more rapid advances tend to follow. Women used to be blocked from being television anchors in the 1970s, and now that seems an absurd notion. I predict a female president in the next 3 - 5 election cycles.
I would say that Obama's election will open more doors for African-Americans. It has already inspired people from all walks of life and given them renewed hope. However, many civil rights leaders sacrificed much in order for this moment to happen, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcom X, and Rosa Parks.
I don't think President-Elect Obama has opened the door for women and minorities to be elected to high political offices. I believe the progress of women and minorities in politics over the past 20 years has given Obama the chance to be elected. There have been many minorities elected to the Senate and The House of Reperesentives. I think about women like Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richardson, Geraldine Ferraro, and many other women that have been in high political positions. I believe that the fact that Obama won is a direct relationship to the strides that women and minorities in this country have opened doors for this type of election.
I think so. When my students and I discuss politics as we often do--history and literature are so closely related--I have always told them that I believed a minority male would be elected well before a female of any ethnic background would be. Women such as Madeline Albright, Margaret Thatcher, Ann Richards, Martha Lane Collins, Sarah Palin, Condoleeza Rice, and many more have certainly proven that women are capable of making decisions and running the country's affairs. There have been many female governors in the United States, as well as female heads-of-state from abroad. I look forward to someday having a female vice president and/or U.S. President.
Obama's election absolutely opened the door for women and other minorities to run for high power offices. In fact the door was opened prior to Obama being elected, it was opened during the Democratic primaries when the two frontrunners were African American and female, respectively. Times and values in the United States are truly changing and now both women and minorities are not only voting, but also voting in record numbers. Possibly the largest growing minority is Hispanic voters, their voting numbers exponentially increased this past election and expect them to become exponentially more political active as well.
I would definately say that President Elect Obama has been a major inspiration for African Americans. It is a major step for America in the fight against racism and bigotry to elect an African American President. Unfortuanately, I believe America could have chosen a better candidate once color was put aside. I'm not necassarilly suggesting McCain would do a better job as president, but there has got to be someone better out there somewhere.
I work with young people in a school where most students are Hispanic of African American. Many of the students have been inspired by Obama. I don't think his election will necessary open more doors, but he will inspire more people to get involved with politics and community service. People now believe "it is possible".