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Political affiliations aside, history was made when Kamala Harris was announced as the United States vice president-elect earlier this month. This is the first time a Black and South Asian woman born of immigrant parents is poised to join one of the highest offices of power and influence.
Kamala Harris is already becoming iconic in that she represents the opportunity not had by the women before her as well as the opportunities to come for the young women who hope to succeed her someday – and know it’s possible because she was the first.
Being the first comes with expected notoriety, but the powerful and moving nature of Harris’s election as the first of those who share her identities goes deeper. It represents the breakthrough of identities that are historically and currently marginalized at points far below the level of office she has succeeded, and the combination of which is often treated as many reasons why her election should not have happened. As shared by her niece, Meena Harris, in an op-ed earlier this month, it is also a validation …
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