Updated: Mar 30, 2021
Woman Leader Crush: Kamala Harris - First Madam Vice President, Former Senator, Civil Rights Activist and Wife.
Emotions and adrenaline are running high as the inauguration of the POTUS and VP of the US is upon us. All eyes are on the United States this week as power transitions from President Trump and VP Pence after Joe Biden alongside his running mate Kamala Harris won the 2020 presidential election, election results). We know a lot happened before, during and after the election but our attention is focused on the future and we're liking what we see. This moment will be etched in the history books as a positive change towards a more diverse and inclusive executive branch.
The dynamic duo Mr. Biden and Mrs. Harris, who are about to occupy the offices of President and Vice President of the US are a fantastic example of diversity and inclusion. Could they be a vivid image of the dream Martin Luther had of racial equality and inclusion? A white man holding the hand of a black woman to lead the highest office in the United States of America - An Inclusive leadership where the black and minority community is represented and actively involved in the governance and direction of the nation.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed — we hold these truths to be self-evident: that we are all equal.
We know many dreams around the world will be fulfilled today as Kamala Harris is sworn into office. We can boldly say that today Wednesday 20, 2021 is a hallmark day for Kamala Harris, women (especially for women who see themselves in her) and young girls all over the world as history unfolds, the 1st Female Vice President being inaugurated into the second highest office in the most powerful nation in the world is a woman of colour. What a time to be alive as a woman or person of colour! "Change and hope has come to America" to echo the words of Barack Obama 12 years earlier. Isn't it iconic that Kamala Harris inauguration ceremony falls on Wednesday a weekday that trends #wcw used to celebrate women we admire either in leadership positions, trailblazers or just for the sake of admiration. Maybe it's a coincidence, maybe it's a message signal sent to the world or maybe not, either way our society is becoming more diverse and we all benefit from this difference in thinking, approach and inputs.
Madam Vice President Harris has already broken so many records and she is about to shatter arguably the highest glass ceiling as second in command to the "leader of the Free World". Here at BLIX, we are inspired by leaders like Kamala that represent the underrepresented. She was the second black woman ever to be elected to the US Senate and today she'll become the first female VP of The United States and the first VP of Colour. Given the years of racial inequality in the US and continued struggle against civil rights violations, it is a noteworthy historical achievement for women and people of colour across the globe. Having such representation of diversity and Inclusive leadership coming from America after the disgusting incident of police brutality in the murder of George Floyd as the world watched in shock last summer is a necessary and important step in the right direction. After 4 years of divisive rhetoric and the voice of underrepresented and misrepresented minority groups has been lifted up to a level plain.
Mrs. Harris was born to immigrants and civil rights activists Shyamala Gopalan and Donald J. Harris of Jamaican and British Indian ethnicity. They raised her in a community that cared about social justice, this inspired her to become a public safety and civil rights leader. As district attorney general for California she pioneered open data initiatives to expose racial disparities in the criminal justice system then implemented bias training for police officers. While in the senate, she worked on several reforms to protect legal rights of refugees and immigrants, impact change in the American criminal justice system, minimum wage and education. More details of her American Journey is in her latest book - the truth we hold on Amazon.
"My mother would look at me and she’d say, 'Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you are not the last."
We have no doubt, Vice President Harris will continue to champion diverse and inclusive leadership for the next four years in office. We are looking forward to her continued achievements and ground breaking. BLIX Network Congratulates President Biden and Vice President Harris as they renew their promise to serve the American people. We wish them the best success as leaders renewing the ideals of America as a nation built of multiculturalism, diversity and Unity.
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