November 8, 2008 · Posted in: Cross Border, Image Galleries, In the News

Woman power

AFRICAN-American, Latino and youth votes have been largely credited for helping propel Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States. Women voters, however, also figured prominently in Obama’s victory as 56 percent of women who voted in the November 4 elections cast their votes for him.

Meanwhile, efforts by the Republican Party to woo the votes of women, particularly those who supported Senator Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries, by choosing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate only proved to be disastrous. Exit polls showed that four in 10 voters overall were influenced into voting for the Democratic ticket by the selection of Palin as the GOP’s vice-presidential nominee.

At the Oakland Convention Center, and in many other places across America, women of all color celebrated Obama’s historic victory with tears and chants of “Yes, We Can.” U.S.-based photo Filipino social documentary photographer Rick Rocamora contributes the photos below.

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