The wait is over. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has announced Kamala Harris is his vice presidential pick for the United States 2020 election.
If Joe Biden is elected, Kamala Harris will become the first Black and South Asian person and the first woman in American history to serve as vice president of the United States of America.
Kamala Harris first ran for president; causing some to say that she has too much ambition. The criticisms of Harris's ambition have come also in the closing weeks of Biden's vice president search — and have provoked complaints of sexism and racial bias. Have you known a president not to be ambitious?
Harris’s ambition is one of her virtues; an ambitious politician is one who is likely to push a bolder agenda, with the hope of achieving a legacy. Recently, Harris spoke at a conference for young Black women, subtly addressing the criticism that had been levelled at her.
"There will be a resistance to your ambition, there will be people who say to you, 'you are out of your lane. They are burdened by only having the capacity to see what has always been instead of what can be. But don't you let that burden you."
Last week, the Girls Leadership Institute, a nonprofit, released a study about ambition in girls that it had been working on since Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential bid. The study found that 48 percent of Black girls surveyed identified as leaders — the highest of all racial groups. One key factor that seemed to contribute to that result: having role models.
So now that we have Kamala as another role model, get ready for a wave of ambitious women to step forward!