Abusing Power

To have power in society basically means to have wealth. In the article, “Possible French presidential candidate accused of sexual assault at NYC hotel”, it illustrates how a wealthy white male, Dominique Strauss-Kahn abused his power. Kahn is the leader of the International Monetary Fund as well as a possible French President candidate. He was arrested on charges of attempted rape, a criminal sex act, and unlawful imprisonment. This is just one of multiple instances where people with a lot of money think they can get away with everything. Most of the time, they usually do. Around the world, wealth determines how powerful you are.

In images today, most wealthy men are considered powerful. When a woman receives power, she is a minority in the world. Even though women are still considered minorities of having power, they still receive more power today than in any other time in history. An example of a woman in power is the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. She is the leader of one of the post economically powerful countries that rank 4th in the world for nominal GDP. Merkel reshaped Germany’s economy and helped put them back on top as one of the world’s most powerful countries. Of course she is the exception of a woman in power, but the world is still generally run by men. Most of the leaders throughout the world are men, but the amount of woman leaders is growing at an alarming rate. In the 21st century women are receiving a more equal chance of competing with men for power in politics and various other professions.

I feel the turning point in the change in power from the norm of the white male was the 2010 Presidential elections in the United States. Whoever the winner of the election was, there would be a revolutionary transition in the White House. If Obama won the election, which would mean the most powerful man in America was an African-American, a shift from the only white Presidents before him. If McCain won the election, his vice-President (Sarah Palin) would have been the first woman in the White House. Either way, there would have been a major transition of power in America. Obama ended up winning and became the first African-American President of America. Obama’s victory illustrates growing diversity of what power is today. Looking back 50 years ago, when the equal rights movements were in progress nobody would have thought an African-American would hold the most powerful job in the United States.

Most of the people in the world with power in the world are still white males, like Dominique Strauss-Kahn who receive special treatment just because of their money and social stature. As time has progressed in society, the power in the world has become more diverse. Leaders like Angela Merkel of Germany and Barack Obama of the United States have set popular trends in the transition of power in the world. The world is becoming a more equal place to inhabit, where the power is becoming spread out to minorities and women.

external image Dominique-Strauss-Kahn.jpgDominique Strauss-Kahn: One of the most powerful men in France

external image Angela-Merkel55.jpgAngela Merkel: The first woman Chancellor of Germany.

external image barack-obama.jpgBarack Obama: First African-American President of the United States.