Voice for a new America: Samantha Barry salutes America's first female vice president

Editor-in-chief at US Glamour, Samantha Barry looks forward to the impact of Kamala Harris as America's first female vice president

17/01/2021 21:30:00

Editor-in-chief at US Glamour, Samantha Barry looks forward to the impact of Kamala Harris as America's first female vice president

On Wednesday, I will take my virtual seat alongside an online audience of millions to watch the swearing-in of United States President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. It's an inauguration that would have been historic no matter what, given the events of the last four years, but one that takes on an even greater significance with the election of Kamala Harris as VP. We will hear a term we haven't used before, and one that will soon become ubiquitous: 'Madame Vice President'.

Samantha BarryStarting at age five, many girls begin to develop limiting self-beliefs, believing that women are less valuable and capable than men. The same generations of young girls walk into elementary schools, day in and day out, to see the faces of the many white men and one black man who've led their country adorn their classroom walls.

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They've learned about the 48 men who have been vice presidents, from Adams to Pence. They've understood, however subliminally, that there is no place for them alongside the men.Now those girls will see Kamala Harris celebrated as vice president, and know there finally is a place for them - something Kamala Harris herself acknowledged when her and Joe Biden's victory was affirmed on November 7 last year. In front of a cheering audience on a Delaware stage, she said: "While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities."

I spoke to President Robinson recently for the Irish American Partnership about the election of Biden and Harris, 30 years to the day after she was elected, and she expressed a similar excitement: "I was so impressed with her acceptance speech because I could see that she understands completely her role, not only in the US, but for women and girls globally." headtopics.com

Kamala Harris, like President Robinson, has spent her life smashing through barriers and collecting hard-won "firsts". On her journey to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, she was the first female district attorney of San Francisco, the first female attorney general of California, the first Indian American in the US Senate, the first Indian American candidate of a major party to run for vice president. And her presence, everything she represents, offers hope, despite the grave reckoning around race that the United States has faced recently.

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🙈🤢 She can tell all the kiddies how she is in favour of killing the unborn baby right up to its birth. Harris will be president within 18 months....