The Wheel and Axle

Historic Leaders of Modern Times

by on Nov.04, 2016, under Society

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On this day in 2008, Barack Obama made history by being the first black person to be elected as the President of the United States of America. This was most certainly quite a victory, given the long history of racial tensions in the USA that stretches back to the days of slavery.

On this day last year, Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canada’s Prime Minister. While his victory was perhaps not as resonating as Barack’s two-time victory for leadership, Justin makes his own mark on history for being one of the most inclusive leaders of his time. He named a cabinet that not only provides equal representation between men and women but which also takes into consideration the vast diversity of Canada – from race to religion to age to actual qualifications required for a given position.

In a few more days, this coming Tuesday, the USA will deliver another historic moment. Whoever wins will definitely be of monumental historic value: we could be seeing the first female president of the USA, or the first non-main party winner (which, let’s face it, is unlikely, and I honestly don’t have enough US history knowledge to confirm if there ever even has been a winner in the past), or the country’s first orange president dedicated to countering the vast progress both Obama and Trudeau have made in the region around diversity and liberation.

Let’s hope this upcoming history-in-the-making will be kind to the entire world.

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