Another Crack In The Glass Ceiling

Kamala Harris becomes the first woman in American history to officially take the reigns of the presidency. What took so long?

Carl J. Petersen
2 min readNov 23, 2021
Photo by Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash

“Now there was a time

When they used to say

That behind every great man

There had to be a great woman”

- Eurythmics

Apparently, COVID-19 is not the only health care issue where Trump missed an opportunity to use the bully pulpit of the presidency to save lives. To find colorectal cancer early and increase the chance of survival the CDC “recommends that adults age 45 to 75 be screened.” When it came time for Trump to undergo a colonoscopy as part of his physical, he could have used the opportunity to set an example and urge others to undergo the procedure. Instead, he went to the hospital under a cloak of secrecy. Apparently, he was afraid that if the information were publicly released he would become the “butt of a joke”.

Adding to the intrigue of what should have been a routine medical procedure, Trump reportedly refused to go under anesthesia in order to avoid handing “power over to [his Vice President,] Mike Pence”. Apparently, his mistrust of Pence existed long before January 6.

One of the positive effects of the Biden presidency has been a return to what is considered normal behavior by a Commander In Chief. As an example, Biden’s recent colonoscopy was not only publicly announced in advance, but he also took the steps necessary to ensure that the responsibilities of the presidency were left in capable hands. Hence, Kamala Harris became the first woman in our country’s 245-year history to officially assume the powers of the presidency, if only for a short amount of time.

The first question we should all be asking is “what took so long?” Of course, it does not help that our Founding FATHERS took the statement that “All MEN are created equal” literally. Still, women have had the right to vote for 101 years. Contrary to their “minority” status, they actually slightly outnumber males. All of our daughters should know that they have the same claim to the reigns of power as their brothers.


Carl Petersen is a parent advocate for students with special education needs and public education. He is an elected member of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council and serves as the Education Chair. As a Green Party candidate in LAUSD’s District 2 School Board race, he was endorsed by Network for Public Education (NPE) Action. Dr. Diane Ravitch has called him “a valiant fighter for public schools in Los Angeles.” For links to his blogs, please visit www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com. Opinions are his own.



Carl J. Petersen

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com