Inspiration June 9, 2017
She's the definition of an inspirational woman.
Although Kamala Harris was rudely interrupted by her fellow senators during Wednesday’s Republican Senate Committee Hearing, nevertheless, she persisted – and social media loved it.
However, her badass quality in asking rapid-fire questions that no one dares to ask isn’t the only reason to love the California senator. Harris was the first woman, first African-American and first South Asian District Attorney of San Francisco and continues to be the second African-American woman senator in the country’s history.
And in case you can’t get enough of this #WomanThatDoes, here are five more things to know about Kamala Harris.
Harris was born in Oakland, California to two immigrants, her mother from India and father from Jamaica. Both high-achievers, her parents engrained a commitment to justice in Harris’ life as she grew up during the Civil Rights Movement. “Often I joke that as a child I was surrounded by adults marching and shouting for this thing called ‘justice,’” Kamala said.
As a fighter for women’s right to choose, Harris advocated for for-profit companies such as Hobby Lobby to pay for health insurance plans that cover contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act. Harris also sponsored California legislation to ensure that pregnancy centers provide women with the proper resources and information about reproductive services, such as abortion.
Harris supports marriage equality and was a key leader in bringing down Proposition 8 against gay marriage in California. During her time as District Attorney, Harris banned the “gay or trans panic” defense in California, where “a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity is to blame for the defendant’s excessively violent reaction.” She plans to ban the defense nationwide.
In order to diminish the high rate of prisoners committing crimes after release, Harris created the Division of Recidivism Reduction and Re-entry program which promotes anti-recidivism programs and efforts within state and local governments.
Harris also started the “Back on Track” program in San Francisco that’s become a model in the country for reducing recidivism by offering job training and resources “for nonviolent, low-level drug trafficking defendants.”
Harris attributes her fight for justice not just to her parents, but to the female mentors who’ve stood by her during her childhood, such as her elementary school teacher and community leaders.
Today, Harris is a youth mentor hoping to instill the same values in young women. Harris told Essence, “My mother always told me that you can be the first to achieve something, but make sure you’re not the last.”
That’s our kind of woman!
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