Many democracies--the United Kingdom, Argentina, India, Israel, the Philippines, Pakistan, Liberia, France, and Jamaica, to name a few--have or have had women heads of state, and other countries--oh, like Peru and Bolivia--have elected presidents who are members of racial minority groups. Not so much here in the US of A, which is why, of course, it is rightly Such a Friggin Huge Deal. And the scholars are rightly getting busy.
On September 26-27, 2008, the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development at St. John's University School of Law will hold a symposium entitled Making History: Race, Gender and the Media in the 2008 Elections at their Queens campus to explore it all. They're inviting proposals from scholars from all relevant disciplines (law, media, political science, gender studies, race studies, ethnic studies, sociology, economics, history) and activists engaged in "developing concepts, analyses, methods, or data relevant to race, gender, media and elections." Any takers? The deadline for submissions is March 14, 2008. More info available here.
Quick--pass it on!