Kamala Harris is officially the vice president-elect of the United States and will make history as the first Asian American, the first African American, and the first female vice president in the U.S.
Although some Brits may not be particularly interested in American politics, this is definitely a noteworthy occasion for women everywhere. Harris’ history-making win represents the millions of women in the demographics – often overlooked, historically underrepresented and systematically ignored – who are now the recipients of that new power for the first time in the country’s 200-plus-year history.
On Saturday night, during her first speech as vice president-elect, Harris also noted the historic moment;
While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities, and to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourselves in a way that others may not, simply because they’ve never seen it before. But know that we will applaud you every step of the way.
I think regardless of your country, this is a beautiful inspiring message. Over the course of her campaign, Harris never shied away from mentioning that people attempted to box her in or doubted her as she sought to pave a path in politics. “I didn’t listen. And the people didn’t listen, either. And we won,” she would say.
Kamala’s mother told her growing up “Don’t sit around and complain about things, do something,” which is what drives Kamala every single day.
I believe that seeing Kamala in a position over power, even from all the way over here in the UK, will empower young girls and women, showing them that anything really is possible when it comes to achieving your dreams. Harris’ mother put it best: “Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you’re not the last.”
Kamala Harris is paving the way for women everywhere, proving that with determination you can obtain your dreams and make them a reality.
In August 2019, Katerina Shadrach, an 11-year-old South Asian and White American, got to meet her role model Kamala Harris and was told that “as long as I put my mind to it and I do the best that I can and be like the best version of me, I will be able to accomplish my goals.”
For Shadrach, along with many young girls, it was inspiring to see a woman who looked like her achieving her dreams and going after what she wanted. Kamala Harris is an inspiration to young girls and women everywhere, and I can’t wait to see what she does as vice president-elect.