What Kamala Harris’s Vice President Nomination Means For Women of Color
Updated: Dec 16, 2020
On August 19th, 2020, Senator Kamala Harris made history by accepting the nomination to serve as the Democratic Party Vice Presidential Candidate alongside Joe Biden who is the Democratic Party Presidential Candidate for the 2020 presidential election. Harris’s nomination represents another crack in the glass ceiling for women, and particularly for women of color, as she is the first black woman and the first Asian-American person to be nominated for a major party’s presidential ticket. Political Organizations St Paul MN
Here is some information about Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris and what her nomination for Vice President means for women of color in America:
About Kamala Harris:
Like a growing number of Americans, Kamala Harris is the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica, stated in her VP nomination acceptance speech that she wants a country “𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒆𝒍𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆, 𝒏𝒐 𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒆 𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆, 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒘𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎, 𝒐𝒓 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒘𝒆 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆.” Being a black woman, Asian-American, AND a child of immigrants, Harris’s nomination has become one of many “firsts,” and her story and background is one that many Americans can relate to and identify with. Currently a US Senator from California and a former Presidential Candidate in the 2020 election race for the Democratic Party, Harris’ nomination for Vice President is certainly a meaningful one for many Americans and one that gives many people hope for the future of American politics.
The First Black Woman & Asian-American Woman To be Nominated For The Vice Presidency
In her powerful acceptance speech, Harris highlighted the historic nature of her nomination and reminded us that all cultures and identities are equally American, and that no one has to lose their identity or ethnicity in order to be American. Harris’s nomination is especially meaningful for black women and New Americans, both of which make up growing populations in the United States, but have historically been excluded from American politics.
Women of color, and particularly black women, have historically faced many obstacles when it comes to fighting for their rights and a seat at the decision-making tables at all levels of our government and society. Her nomination demonstrates that women of color, and particularly black women, certainly have a place in American politics and that America is willing to accept and trust them to be the leaders and pioneers of our country.
Congratulations to Senator Harris!
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