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Why Kamala Harris has everyone talking

The 2020 US elections had the whole world gripped. Whatever side you were on, you could feel the air fizz. And then there was Kamala Harris. 

Vice president to the newly elected president, Joe Biden, she’s been one of the shining stars to emerge from the campaign. From her identity to her femaleness, Kamala Harris is one inspirational woman, and she’s got everyone talking. Let’s take a look at why.

She’s the first of many

Kamala Harris is a celebration of many firsts. She’s the first female to be elected as vice president in US history. She’s also the first Black woman, the first Indian woman, and the first Asian-American woman to hold this post.

Not only that, but she’ll be the first graduate in her historically Black college to do so. Kamala attended Howard University in California, whereas most presidents and vice presidents tend to graduate from the same handful of predominantly white schools. This alone breaks the mould.

 

She’s smart as hell

Kamala Harris is a politics and economics graduate with a law degree. As a lawyer, she’s earned a reputation for her tough approach. She’s prosecuted everything from cases of gang violence, drug trafficking and sex abuse. And she’s well-known for her scrupulous interview techniques in the courtroom. In 2003 Kamala Harris became the first Black woman to be elected as district attorney in California history.

She’s tenacious, commands a room, and she’s unafraid to speak her mind. 

 

 

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She’s a badass female

It remains notoriously difficult for women to rise to the top in politics. Yet Kamala Harris smashed multiple glass ceilings to secure her place as America’s first female vice president of the White House. Although this shows there’s still some way to go to reach true equality, Harris is a spearhead for the change we need. 

With images of leadership so predominantly male, Harris presents something different for the world to see. She’s female, and she’s badass.

 

“I am who I am … You might need to figure it out, but I’m fine with it.” 

She defies labels

We live in a world that assigns labels to both compartmentalise and understand people better but Harris resists this more reductive approach. Her mixed heritage, being the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, means she doesn’t fit neatly into one box. Nor should she. She represents the true multifarious nature of identity. Asked how she describes herself, she says; “As a proud American.”

A celebration of diversity and multi-ethnicity, Harris is the image of what it means to be American today.

 

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She’s hopeful

“My mother raised me to see what could be, unburdened by what has been.”

Kamala Harris represents hope for a better future . She’s living proof of this, plus she carries it in her psyche. Raised by a mother who instilled this belief and optimism in her from a young age, Harris now passes that baton forward, using her platform to inspire millions of others of the possibilities that exist in the world. To quote Harris: “I might be the first female VP but I won’t be the last.”

 

 

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She’s a role model for women and young girls everywhere

You can’t believe what you can’t see. The fact Kamala Harris, a mixed-race woman, has been appointed to one of the most powerful positions in the world is an inspiration for females across the globe. It speaks to women and girls from all backgrounds to show them what’s possible.

As a woman, Harris will also understand the unique challenges women face far more than her male peers. She represents an opportunity to reflect this in politics and drive positive change.

 

 

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She marches for equality

Much of Kamala Harris’s work focuses on improving rights for marginalised groups.

She’s developed a hate-crimes unit that focuses on the protection of LGBQT students in San Francisco. Famously, Harris refused to defend a law banning same-sex marriage in California. This later led to it being overturned. Following the death of George Floyd in May 2020 she’s become a leading advocate for social justice, and continues to work hard to tackle racial disparities in the US. She also developed programs to combat female sex trafficking and end child exploitation.

She’s a champion for young people

‘To the children of our country: dream with ambition and lead with conviction, unburdened by what has been…See yourself in a way others might not see you simply because they haven’t seen it before’

Kamala Harris is an inspirational voice for young people, instilling them with the confidence and belief that they can achieve their dreams. She’s working to change a system from the inside out to benefit future generations. Her hope is that they, too, will see America as “a country of possibilities” – one they can impact and make a difference to as well.

 

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