Achola Obama for President is the outcome of a New York Times article, Women Are Never Frontrunners, by Gloria Steinem in which she suggests that gender is a larger obstacle than race in the case of the two presidential hopefuls, Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama. Steinem suggests that white women will always meet greater political resistance than black men. In evoking this opinion, Steinem creates "Achola Obama," and in doing so poses the question: Would Achola, as a black female candidate, have the same success as her male counterpart Barack Obama?
The United States has been for too long governed by idealistic views that have suppressed the rights of women and people of color while maintaining racial stratification. This systematic set up for the advancement of the white male is the reason that a black woman may not reach the top. Professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell of Princeton University makes a strong argument, in a debate with Ms. Steinem on Democracy Now, that the reason Senator Clinton has made it thus far in the campaign as a woman is because "she has ties that go a long way, she's had the experience of being in the White House, and most importantly, she is roped in to the 'white male hierarchy'." To conclude, we as a group agree that "Achola Obama" would not be elected as president, but the reasons are more complicated than gender, as Steinem argues, and reflects the intersections of classism, racism, and sexism, as Lacewell argues. These "isms" learned in class are the prevailing barriers that would limit a black woman in this presidential race.
Project by: Daniel Gallagher, Angela Kioko, Jayson Kratonville, and Jacqueline Martin.