“…in these times of change you know,From Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves
That it’s no longer true.
So we’re comin’ out of the kitchen
‘Cause there’s somethin’ we forgot to say to you…”
– Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
I’ll cut to the chase, the theme for today’s post is Kamala Harris. A woman whose heritage spans both Africa and South Asia, and who has achieved the incredible position as Vice President-Elect – aka the most powerful woman on the planet! I’ll let that sink in for a bit, because it’s BIG.
Standing on the shoulders of giants
This has all happened in an historically short amount of time; if you consider less than 60 years ago the March on Washington took place. And due to the activism and leadership of strong women before her, the likes of Claudette Colvin, Rosa Parkes, Dorothy Height and even her own mother, have paved the way to her attaining this most prized goal.
Smiling for ear to ear
I’m not going to lie, I have the biggest smile on my face every time I think about it. How incredible to have a woman of both African and South Asian descent, as the second in command to the Leader of the Free World-elect; now that has an amazing ring to it! And what has come out of this historic election is totally unique in not only in American politics, but for all women across the globe too. Kamala Harris represents a role model to aspiring women everywhere and is at the vanguard of female achievement.
A fish without a bicycle
I have to confess I wouldn’t really have labelled myself a feminist (mainly because I have an pathological aversion to labelling or pegging anything in life – labels are for cans and pegs are for clothes), but Kamala’s awesome achievement really struck a chord with me as a female.
Yes I am always emotionally invested when I hear of the achievements of women, particularly if they defeat insurmountable odds to attain this. Of course I believe in equal rights for women. And I also believe in the fact that without the use of our wombs we wouldn’t have over 7 billions people on the planet; so if that makes me a feminist then I’m cool with that!
So here it is, Kamala Harris the first woman, first Black person, and first person of South Asian descent to become Vice President-Elect of the United States of America! Roll on Wednesday 20 January 2021.
My mother had a saying;Kamala Harris
“Kamala you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you’re not the last.”