Kamala Harris: The Inspiration Towards Young Girls



Alice Han, Journalist/Editor

The first Black woman to be elected as vice president, California’s state attorney general from 2011 to 2017, the second African American woman, and the first South Asian American to serve in the United States Senate. Kamala Harris has and is still doing so much. 

Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California on October 20, 1964. Her mother Shyamala Gopalan was a scientist and a pioneer. Her father, Donald Harris, was an economist and professor. Her mother emigrated from India and her father emigrated from Jamaica to America for education. Growing up, Harris lived with her sister Maya Harris who grew up to become a lawyer, public policy advocate, and writer. When she was young, she had a strong sense of justice and was surrounded by diverse communities and extended family.

In 1990, Vice President Kamala Harris joined the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office where she mainly dealt with prosecuting child sexual assault cases for eight years. 

Afterwards, Harris joined the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office in 2003. Later on, she became chief of the Division on Children and Families for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. Vice President Harris became the first African American woman and South Asian American woman in California to hold the office. Harris’s role was to create an innovative program to provide first-time drug offenders with the chance to earn a high school degree and find a job. 

On top of that, in 2010, Vice President Harris established California’s first Bureau of Children’s Justice and created several first-of-their-kind reforms. When she was Attorney General, Harris had won a $20 billion settlement for the homes of Californians that had been foreclosed on and a $1.1 billion settlement for students and veterans who were being taken advantage of. In court, she defended the Affordable Care Act, enforced environmental laws, and became a worldwide leader for equality in marriage.

In 2014, Vice President Harris married Douglas Emhoff. Three years later, she became the United States Senate. As Senator, she improved cash bail, combated hunger, provided rent relief, improved maternal health care, and addressed the climate crisis.

Harris always cared and did everything she could to help immigrants and refugees who were going through tough times. Vice President Harris became Part of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee where she fought for better protections for many people. 

Additionally, Vice President Harris helped keep people safe when there were foreign threats and other dangerous things. She traveled around the world to meet with service members and to evaluate different situations. On August 11, 2020, Kamala Harris became the Vice-President of the US. 

Vice President Harris is still doing so much for our country and she has already helped and saved so many lives. She not only proved to be one of the greatest women in history, but also an inspiration towards young girls. “But while I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last.” -Kamala Harris