“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.”
It’s not every day that the world gets to watch herstory being made: but on 7th November 2020, after one of the closest elections in US history, it was confirmed: Joe Biden was indeed to be the new President of the United States, and Kamala Harris, the Vice-President elect.
As the first woman, and the first Black and first South Asian person to ever be elected to the position of vice-President, ‘Aunty Kamala’ (as she is lovingly known by a global Indian diaspora) has already begun to change conceptions of the kind of face and voice that can wield great political power.
Millions of women too historically overlooked, underrepresented and systematically ignored as both women and as women from ‘othered’ communities, are now witnessing a handover of traditional powers to one of their own for the first time in the country’s 200-plus-year history.
Wearing an all-white pantsuit in tribute to suffragists who fought for a woman’s right to vote, Harris paid tribute to her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, and the contributions of Black women who are “too often overlooked, but so often prove that they are the backbone of our democracy”.
Aware the eyes of the world’s women and girls were now upon her, Harris addressed them all, promising: “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.”
To that, we can only respond: yes Madam Vice-President. Thank you for leading the way…
To help mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we are giving away FIVE copies of Kamala Harris’ autobiography, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey.