Madam Vice President: Role Model for ALL

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Maya Apau

“She looks like me!” Its almost like looking in a mirror. Madam Vice President, POC and WOMAN.

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Introducing Madam Vice President….. Kamala Harris. 

Kamala Harris was just announced the 46th Vice President (Elect) of the United States. Harris is already breaking through glass barriers as she is the first female and person of color to be elected as the Vice President. While this is important for all women, it resonates for me especially because now I can look in the mirror and see a future for myself that is not just a mirage–it’s a reality.

SHE’S MORE THAN JUST AN ICON

Harris has touched the hearts of some many young girls of color. Being a young African American woman, I added Kamala to my list of role models, joining actresses like Viola Davis, musicians like Chloe X Halle, activists such as Tamika Mallory and so many more. 

Girls all around the nation are exclaiming, “She looks like me!”

Kamala Harris is a role model for my generation, and her presidential platform (in 2019) and vice presidential platform (2020) speaks to me because after high school, I hope to pursue a career in law. As Kamala has previous experiences with law and being the first black Attorney General in the state of California. I find new similarities in us each and everyday. 

I WON’T BE THE LAST

Kamala has already made her mark. As she sets the stage for the next attorney generals, members of senate, and future vice politicians. Girls all around the world can follow in her footsteps. “What I want young women and girls to know is: You are powerful and your voice matters,” said Harris.

FUTURE LEADERS

After four years of (mostly) white, male politicians running our country, the future is now looking brighter.

Shirley Chisholm, first African-American woman in Congress, once said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” 

I have a “virtual” seat at the table because Harris will represent color, she will sit for love, she will stand for injustice, she will lead with pride and unity. 

“Be the flame of fate, that torch of truth to guide our young people toward a better future for themselves and for this country.” Harris is the flame, she has inspired and ignited the flame. Now, the future is in the hands of young adults; young girls to create a better world for themselves,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.