I am watching with amazement the profound impact the election of Barack Obama is having on this country, inspiring a connection between people and politics we haven’t seen since the ’60s. Whether it’s a reaction to the deterioration of this country under George W. Bush or the charisma of President Obama, this country’s energy is undeniable.
In this context I recently had a stunning conversation with a female high school student I work with. She told me she joined the electronics club at school but was having trouble because the male-dominated club referred to her as “the pretty face.” She is in a higher level of math than most club members, but they refuse to let her participate — except to take club photographs.
In the context of electing our first African-American president, I found this to be a sober reminder of the work still to come.