Sen. Kamala Harris is changing America’s narrative. She’s a woman of color who’s not afraid to do the right thing, whether that’s defending women’s reproductive rights, working to get dark money out of politics, advocating on behalf of our environment, or keeping immigrant families together. She’s fearless. She also holds space in places that have traditionally been reserved for white men only, and by doing so challenges the norms around influence, power, sensibility, and our democracy.
When I first met Kamala at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016, I remember just looking at her and thinking: Wow. She was so impressive and I immediately wanted to know more about her life, her struggles, her accomplishments, and the road she took to become one of the most powerful women in the United States.
She also holds space in places that have traditionally been reserved for white men only, and by doing so challenges the norms around influence, power, sensibility, and our democracy.
Kamala’s presence in our government empowers every woman of color who aspires to be politically active or engaged in their communities one day. Looking at her gives us confirmation and affirmation. The more we see other women of color breaking glass ceilings and knocking down doors of disenfranchisement, the more emboldened we feel. In her, Black women see and realize the impossible.
Rep. Lucy McBath is a U.S. representative from Georgia’s sixth congressional district.
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