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Central Standard

Race & Gender In The Elections: How Children Are Affected

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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.

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer and now is the Media Training Manager with America Amplified. You can reach him at Matthew@kcur.org, or on Twitter.