Kamala Harris; The First But Hopefully Not The Last

The news headlines for the last couple of days have seen one name over and over again, Kamala Harris. Presently the Vice-President-elect of the United States of America, Kamala Harris has broken all sorts of stereotypes.

Being part black and part brown can be challenging in the States, not to mention the challenges that come from being born a woman.

Fighting all the hurdles and meeting all the challenges head-on, Kamala Harris has proved to be quite an inspiration for everyone out there.

Let’s take a look into how Kamala Harris managed to climb the ladder to become USA’s first-ever female Vice- President and the highest-ranking female elected official in the history of the country.

Early Days

Kamala Harris
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Kamala Harris was born to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father in Oakland, California. And from a very young age, she got a taste of the exiting racism in society.

After her parents got divorced, whenever Kamala and her sister went to visit their father, the children from the neighbourhood were not allowed to play with them because they were black.

Being part Indian, Kamala had visited her mother’s family in India numerous times and was influenced by her grandfather’s progressive thinking on female empowerment.

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Her mother had embraced the black culture and made sure her daughters grew up as proud black women who were aware of their Indian roots.

She went on to study law at the Hastings College of Law, University of California and was inducted in California Bar by 1990.

Tale of many firsts

Kamala Harris
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Before being picked by Joe Biden as his running mate, Kamala Harris was a county district attorney. She was the first African-American and South Asian-American to hold that post.

Gwen Ifill, a journalist had referred to Harris as the ‘female Obama’. She later became California’s, Attorney General. She gained a reputation as one of the rising stars.

In the 2016 Senate election, Kamala Harris became the second African-American woman and the first South Asian American to serve in the United States Senate.

She has brought about various reforms. In the healthcare sector, the ban on assault weapons, and the citizenship for undocumented immigrants and progressive tax reforms.

Newsweek featured Kamala Harris in the ’20 of America’s Most Powerful Women’ in 2005.  California Lawyer also named her as one of the top 34 Attorneys in the United States. She also made it to the list if the Times ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’.

All these prove one thing for sure. Harris is a fighter who has channelled her inspiration and motivation in the best way possible.

It is not a surprise after all that she has managed to inspire millions of girls across the globe. Being a multiracial woman in the United States of America, Kamala Harris has managed to break the glass ceiling. Also, she has proved to everybody that the sky is the limit.

What’s the takeaway from Kamala Harris’ story?

Well, for starters, work hard. Nothing comes easy and some disappointment is written for everybody. But at the end of the day, one ought to take on the challenges life throws at him head-on. It is the only way one can hope to win.

Kamala Harris, at the moment, is an inspiration for everybody out there. Sheer determination and hard work do pay off. As her mother Shyamala Gopalan told her, “Don’t just sit around complaining. Instead, change the things around you”.

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