It may be hard to remember, but the 2008 election broke racial and gender norms for politics. With President Obama, Sarah Palin and Hilary Clinton among the presidential and vice-presidential candidates in both major parties, the idea of race and gender was a common discussion. But what did that election mean to those who didn’t, and couldn’t vote?
On Central Standard, we discuss how children perceive the impacts of race and gender in that historic election. We look at a recently published study from the University of Kansas about what children knew about the candidates and how it made them view race and gender roles. Meagan Patterson, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Research in Education at the University of Kansas, shares the results of her study.