The 2020 general election proved to be historic for multiple reasons. President-Elect Joe Biden received more than 80 million votes. That’s more than any presidential candidate in our country’s history. Biden’s landslide win over the incumbent is worthy of celebration alone. A return to normalcy is close at hand.
But that’s not all we’re celebrating.
Kamala Harris became the first woman to snag the vice presidency. Not only that, but she’s a woman of color elected to the second-highest office in the United States. A Black woman of Indian descent. What a beautiful victory that is. Her win will undoubtedly light up history books as a bright spot on our nation’s pages.
Kamala’s win really resonated with us here at Geek Girl Authority. To honor Vice President-Elect Harris, we decided to pool together our thoughts regarding her historic win and what it means to us.
We were born to make history. I remind myself of this phrase when in times of self-doubt. When I don’t think I’m able to accomplish the things I set out to do. It was this exact phrase that came to mind when I heard the news of Kamala Harris being our next vice president. As a young girl and even into my young adulthood, I was constantly being told that I didn’t belong or couldn’t do a certain job or hobby because I was a woman. But again the world is proven wrong. With Kamala’s election, we can prove to the world that our gender does not define what we’re able to do or not do. It’s through our merit and dedication that we can accomplish anything.
As a black girl growing up in California, I always believed the sky was the limit. Between my parents and the rest of the village that had a hand in raising me, I’d always been told that I and other black and brown-skinned girls could do anything. As great as that belief was, the reality when I looked at the highest positions of power in the world was that we were still highly underrepresented.
In every history class I had, the little presence of a black or brown face in government came in the form of representatives, senators and governors, which is great. But never any in the White House — let alone a woman. Kamala Harris will be the tangible element that has been missing from little girls’ visions of what truly being able to be anything really means.
Kamala Harris is our VP-elect. I can exhale. We can exhale. Finally, finally, finally, someone who’s more like me — more like America — will be in the White House. Little kids will see that you don’t have to be an old white guy to run the country. She’s opening doors. Busting glass ceilings. I hear people say, “Yeah, but is she gonna be any good?” I get that. I know the standard people will hold her to, but I can’t forget the importance of representation. I’m so proud of her. Being a pioneer isn’t easy. The burden on her shoulders is the size of that boulder in Indiana Jones. She’s taken on so much. Thinking about that makes me want to cry tears of sorrow, anger, relief, fear, but most importantly, joy.
Kamala Harris’ win renews the promise of the women’s movement as a whole. It makes me hopeful that, as bad as the last few years have been, everything isn’t entirely lost. Women of color have been continually moving this country forward, and this will allow people who haven’t realized that to really see it. We’re told as kids that we can be anything we want, and this historic win proves that for everyone.
This was originally published on 11/29/20
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