These women see themselves in Vice President-elect Kamala Harris

These women see themselves in Vice President-elect Kamala Harris

“They see somebody similar to them,” stated Parker, who took these footage the week after Election Day. “They see somebody who’s feminine, a baby of immigrants, Black, South Asian and biracial — similar to them.”

“They see somebody who is set and hardworking, somebody who has to demand to be heard, similar to them,” she stated. “They see what is feasible for her and what meaning for them.

Listed here are the phrases of 15 women throughout the Atlanta metropolitan space who spoke to Parker, who at all times interviews women utilizing solely their first names. Their conversations have been edited and condensed for readability.

Kamalia, age 15: She’s a girl, and we have by no means had a girl in that workplace earlier than. It offers lots of hope to me and different women who do not actually see illustration that a lot within the highest places of work of the US. I hope that sooner or later girls profit from this.

Kamala is like me in that she is Jamaican. She’s a girl and a girl of colour and represents women like me — which I do not see lots of. I like how passionate she is about points, and I like how she has made errors prior to now however she’s apologized for them.

Abby, age 13: I assumed it was actually cool (to have her win) after having a historical past of solely males within the position, and understanding additionally that lower than 100 years in the past girls barely had any rights. I learn that ladies could not even run the Boston Marathon or vote again then, and I believe it is so cool that now we have now a girl vp who’s the second highest place within the nation, particularly a girl of colour. She does not let anybody get in her means or sluggish her down or interrupt her. She stands up for herself, and I strive to try this, too. She’s tremendous empowering.

Alice, age 12: It is simply so good that Kamala was elected vp. There has by no means been a girl as vp earlier than, and likewise she’s African American and Indian and that is by no means occurred earlier than, both.

She’s like me in that we’re each strong-willed, and likewise she desires to get issues executed and that’s how I’m, too. She additionally simply appears good. When she was speaking to (Vice President Mike) Pence within the debate and stated “I am talking” when he was making an attempt to speak over her, I favored that as a result of it breaks the stereotype that ladies are weak. We’re not.

Becca, age 14: I used to be tremendous excited when Kamala gained the vice presidency. I used to be leaping throughout my home, and my sister thought I used to be loopy. My household is Indian, my dad and mom got here from India, and I assumed it was nice that she’s Indian but in addition African American as nicely. She’s a mixture of two.

I assumed it was actually empowering that she’s the primary lady vp with a mixture of range and ethnicity, and I used to be actually pleased about that. I hope that our nation might be extra open to concepts with an individual like that within the White Home.

I’m very daring and assured, and I really like to speak. I believe that Kamala is, too. She likes to be daring and say her ideas, and I really like that about her as a result of I’m the identical means.

Abigail, age 9: At first I did not know who Kamala Harris was, then I watched her speech and seen she was a girl of colour. I favored that she’s half Asian as a result of I’m Asian, too. She looks like she might be vp as a result of she’s a girl.

Daniela, age 12: It is actually inspiring to different women and girls in our nation as a result of in the entire historical past of our nation, there has by no means been a girl president or vp. For her to be the primary one — she’s main numerous women to pursue their goals. I’m like her in that we’re each persistent, and we’re each biracial.

Siyona, 14: Kamala is South Asian, and so am I. That’s so cool. I really feel like I do not see lots of South Asian girls represented, and to have one this high-profile is superior. Little women at all times hear you are able to do something, however now they’ll really see it. Now that it is really occurring, women really feel like, “I can really do that.”

Helen, age 16: Understanding that somebody is within the White Home who’s somebody who is definitely Black, it looks like we lastly have somebody on our facet. Kamala is like me in that she’s a primary generation-er and I’m, too. Each of my dad and mom are from Cameroon. We each have immigrant moms who taught us each perseverance and that arduous work is essential. We’re extra comparable than I anticipated, and to know that she’s within the White Home makes me really feel like I can do something I put my thoughts to.

Ella, age 15: I assumed it was distinctive and superior {that a} lady — and a girl of colour, no much less — is within the workplace of an important position. She’s a task mannequin for me and makes me really feel just like the issues I’d need to do or strive really feel way more in attain. It offers me hope for our future, which I did not have a ton of earlier than she was elected. Kamala is like me in that we’re each decided girls who need to break stereotypes of what folks assume we are able to do or act or say.

Bella, age 9: I knew that if Joe Biden was elected I’d be pleased as a result of Kamala Harris is Indian American and my dad and mom are from India. It is good to see somebody who seems to be like me as vp. She has black hair similar to me. I favored when she stated that she was going to be the primary feminine vp however she’s not going to be the final.

Caroline, age 12: I assumed it was actually cool when Kamala was elected vp and that she is now a task mannequin. I really like that she has a voice and is not afraid to make use of her voice. When she was talking after she was elected, I actually felt impressed by her phrases.

Emeril, age 19: Kamala Harris as the primary Black lady VP is wonderful. For little women and girls on the market, she is a superb instance of ladies rising up and demanding their voice be heard and never backing all the way down to an historic system that claims a girl’s voice doesn’t matter. She is like me as a result of she stays true to who she is, and likewise due to the quantity of power she has to persevere by way of all of the negativity and different challenges which have come, and proceed to return, her means.

Mariana, age 16: I believe Kamala being vp is an enormous step for the nation since she’s the primary lady vp we have ever had. It is an enormous step for minorities all throughout America and ladies in politics to point out that we’re succesful and we’re prepared. I see myself in her since I’m additionally biracial, and illustration issues.

Norah, age 7: I used to be actually pleased when Kamala was elected vp. She is the primary woman vp. She’s like me, since I care about folks, and he or she does, too. I care about Black folks and he or she does, too. I’m operating for president of my bus. I care about everybody, and I believe I ought to win, too.

Taylor, age 12: I really feel like there are lots of modifications for the higher now that Kamala has been elected. It exhibits that ladies have been breaking ceilings in enterprise and regulation and sports activities however by no means politics. Now that we have now a girl in energy, that may affect so many individuals, which is form of wonderful.

She’s like me as a result of she likes to be an inspiration for folks youthful than her and he or she likes to be a terrific particular person, like me, who desires to alter our nation. There are lots of modifications to our nation that folks could make. I went to lots of BLM (Black Lives Matter) allies and perhaps to different folks that will appear small, however to me it made an enormous distinction.

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