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Kamala Harris made history on Saturday, becoming the first woman, the first Black woman and the first woman of Indian descent to be elected to the position of vice president. Harris is the daughter of two immigrants; her father came to the United States from Jamaica, and her mother from India. Throughout her career as a prosecutor, district attorney, attorney general and then junior senator, the California native has proudly spoken of her background, and how little she worries about what other people think of it. As she told the Washington Post in 2019, “I am who I am. I'm good with it. You might need to figure it out, but I'm fine with it.”
When she took the stage on Saturday night to give her acceptance speech, the Vice President-elect reflected on her mother’s journey in particular. “She maybe didn’t imagine quite this moment,” Joe Biden’s running mate said of her late mother, biomedical scientist Shyamala Gopalan Harris. “But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible, and so I am thinking about her and about the generations of women, Black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women — who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment — women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all.”
#ImVotingFor people like my mother, Shyamala, who taught my sister and me that if you see a problem, you don't complain about it: you do something about it. It’s because of her that I know change is possible when we put in the work. Visit iwillvote.com to help us be the change. @DouglasEmhoff, @MayaHarris_, and @mindykaling, who are you voting for?
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Harris’s success has caused an outpouring of excitement across the country and around the world. In particular, many parents of color shared sentiments about what Harris’s election means to them and their children. As actress and writer Mindy Kaling, the daughter of Indian immigrants, posted on Instagram, “Crying and holding my daughter, ‘Look baby, she looks like us.’”
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Across social media, other parents shared the joy of this moment. As Harris said in her speech on Saturday, “While I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t 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 yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they’ve never seen it before.”
"I may be the first woman in this office, but I won't be the last!" - @kamalaharris 11/07/2020 Today has been a surge of emotions😭😭😭 My daughter (8) has been aware of the election and things going on surrounding such. And while me and her had some quite time she asked about who won. As I proceeded to show and tell her about her new President and Vice President, she watches the speech given by Madam Vice President and tells me how pretty she is and I tell her that she (Kamala) looks just like her! And after marinating on our conversation, she tells me, “mommy, i want to be the second woman Vice President”. 😭😭😭 i felt this in my heart, I was able to tell her with full bold confidence and assurance, “Baby, you can be WHATEVER you want, even a Vice President!” 🇺🇸💙✌🏽💙🇺🇸 Its the #blackgirlmagic for me! ✊🏽 and because of her, she can too! #KamalaHarris #HERstory2020 #breakingglassceilings #election2020
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What an amazing day to be an American! Our country has been through so much grief in the past 4 years and it has been absolutely terrifying to be minority in the mix of it all. 🇺🇸 To be an American hit differently today while I was sharing the news of the #bidenharris2020 win with my girls. To be able to show them Madame Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, who shares a very similar cultural background to them and say you can be anything you want to be and actually mean it. 🇺🇸🤍 Hope has been restored. @kamalaharris • • • • • • • #kamalaharris #bidenharris2020 #vicepresident #proudtobeanamerican #thisisamerica #wedidit #aspiretoinspire #goals #mamala #doppleganger #vicepresident #futureisfemale #futureisbright #congratulations #kenxenexperience #empoweringwomen #amazing #todaywasagoodday
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Some, like New Girl actress Hannah Simone, whose father is Indian, posted about what the moment meant to them as adults looking back on their childhoods. “Thank you, Kamala. Thank you, America,” Simone wrote on Instagram. “From this little Indian girl who never thought she would see the day simply because she had never seen it before.”
“To the children of our country, Our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they’ve never seen it before. And we will applaud you every step of the way.” @kamalaharris Thank you, Kamala. Thank you, America. From this little Indian girl who never thought she would see the day simply because she had never seen it before xo
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