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Women Roles in the United States

By Linda Bravo
On March 20, 2012


On March 1, 2012 Texas A&M International University presented a panel discussion "Women's Political Roles in the U.S. and Around the World" by History professors Dr. Deborah Blackwell and Ms. Alia Paroo in Western Hemisphere Building room 116.

The topic discussed at the event was " Why have there been females leaders in other parts of the world, but not the U.S.?"

Ms. Alia Paroo, whom specializes in African, Islamic and Indian history, started the presentation with examples from important women roles. Women like Shajar al -Dur, an slave who became Sultan in Egypt in 1240; Queen Nzjinga, a woman who changed her gender in order to rule; and Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan are outstanding female leaders that have gone through unique experiences to gain power. One of the reasons these women came into power was explained as having close relatives involved in politics and economic standing.

Continually the session was handed over to Dr. Blackwell, who specializes in American History and Women History, whom explained the female role in the US.  Dr. Blackwell explained some of the possible reasons why the United States has not yet had a female president and also gave examples of female leaders. Examples included, Senator Judith Zaffirini and Hillary Clinton. Dr. Blackwell also stated, "Leadership does not just mean of a president...female leaders are all the time around us."

After over 40 minutes of presentation, attendees were able to ask questions to the presenters. During this session it was also mentioned that media is an important factor that influences society whenever a female leader is on the spot. Presentation concluded pass 1 p.m.

For further information about this topic contact Dr. Deborah Blackwell at dblackwell@tamiu.eduor Ms. Alia Paroo at

(For more information on this article, please contact Linda Bravo at

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