“My mother would say: Don’t sit around and complain about things. Do something. So I did something”. –Kamala Harris
Born in Oakland, California on 20 October 1964, Kamala Harris is the first woman who is also the first black and Asian American to become a vice-president-elect. When she was five, her Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father got divorced. She was primarily raised by her Hindu single mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who was a cancer researcher and single rights activist. She was very much engaged with Indian heritage during her visits to India with her mother. Ms. Harris has also said that her mother had also adopted Oakland’s black culture. Kamala Harris had graduated in Political science and Economics from Howard University in 1986. Post that, she earned a law degree from Hastings College in 1989.
Harris has also served on the Select Committee on Intelligence and Judiciary Committee along with her other assignments, where she was being known for her prosecutorial style of questioning the witnesses during hearings. This also drew a lot of criticisms and interruptions from republic senators. Harris is 56 and she has seen many firsts. Apart from her position as the vice-president-elect, she was the first woman to become the first woman district attorney for San Francisco in 102004 with 56 % of the vote. Throughout her professional life, she has advocated about and worked for reforms related to progressive tax, healthcare sector, a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Indeed, she has broken the glass barriers after becoming the vice-president.
In her acceptance speech for Vice-Presidential candidate, Harris has given a shout-out to all her “Chithis”. In the Tamil language, they call ‘Chittis’ to aunts. She also talked about her Indian-born mother who worked as a cancer researcher. Even the women in Thulasendrapuram village in Tiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu, the native village of US vice president-elect Kamala Harris, which is the native place of Kamala Harris, drew a special rangoli to congratulate her. The whole village had celebrated her win by distributing sweets and putting posters.
In her speech, she said about her mother, “When she came here from India at the age of 19, she maybe didn’t quite imagine this moment. But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible. And so, I’m 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 tonight.