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In this Dec. 13, 2007 file photo, Alaska Republican Governor, Sarah Palin, poses in her office in the Capitol, in Juneau, Alaska. John McCain tapped little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate, two senior campaign officials told The Associated Press on Friday. A formal announcement was expected within a few hours at a campaign rally in swing-state Ohio (AP Photo/Chris Miller, File).
McCain, on his 72nd birthday, has chosen a female running mate, conservative Republican governor of Alaska Sarah Palin. A female caller on NPR's Airtalk called this a "transparent act of desperation" on McCain's part, countering Republican hype that this V.P. candidate leveled the playing field with Barack Obama.
The first female head of state of a Buddhist country (Sri Lanka) was Chandrika Kumaratunga in 1994. US Democrats have done a great deal to shatter this glass ceiling in America in 1984 by running Geraldine Ferraro and, more prominently, with the recent efforts of Hillary Rodham-Clinton.
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The Real "Juno"
McCain's veep choice is historic and hardly known
Steve Quinn and Calvin Woodward (AP)
JUNEAU, Alaska - In two short years, Sarah Palin moved from small-town mayor with a taste for mooseburgers to the governor's office and now — making history — to John McCain's side as the first female running mate on a Republican presidential ticket. More >>
The choice of a female candidate is excellent news because it ensures that with either side winning, the inherent sexism and racism in the US, the world's only superpower, will be challenged -- just as it was challenged by the Buddha when he brought the Sangha and his Dispensation to fulfillment by ordaining nuns. (See history and critique of Theravada bhikkhuni Sangha).
(NOTE: In India, Mahavira is said to have preceded the Buddha by ordaining women, and even today Jainism has more female monastics than male).