Kamala Harris...The first Black Asian Woman to be Vice President of the United States of America!

Posted November 11, 2020 from United States
Kamala Harris, woman of many accomplishments. Photo by CNN

It's important to celebrate Kamala Harris for being the first Black Asian Woman Vice President of the USA.

But it's also important to know who Kamala Harris is. It's important to know the substance, not just the symbol.

Below are merely a few notes, just to get you started, as an introduction to Kamala Harris.

I do suggest you go to the link and read further as the accomplishments are numerous and truly abundant examples to women who want to move forward and make changes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamala_Harris

Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California on October 20, 1964.  Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, biologist whose work on the progesterone receptor gene stimulated advances in breast cancer research. Shyamala had arrived in the U.S. from Tamil Nadu, India in 1958 as a 19-year-old graduate student in nutrition and endocrinology at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her PhD in 1964. Kamala's father, Donald J. Harris is a Stanford University professor emeritus of economics. He arrived in the U.S. from Jamaica, BWI in 1961 for graduate study at UC Berkeley. And received a PhD in economics in 1966.  Kamala has a younger sister, Maya Harris. The family lived in an area with a significant Black population. Her parents were political activists and brought her to rallies in a stroller. Kamala's parents divorced when she was seven.

In 1990, Kamala Harris was hired as a deputy District Attorney of Alameda County, California.

In February 1998, she became Asst District Attorney of San Francisco. There, she became the chief of the Career Criminal Division, supervising five other attorneys, where she prosecuted homicide, burglary, robbery and sexual assault cases, under the three strikes law. 

From 2004-2011 as District Attorney of San Francisco, Kamala Harris, the D.A.'s office obtained more than 1,900 convictions for marijuana offenses and more serious crimes.

In the early 2000s, the San Francisco murder rate per capita was the highest in the nation. Within the first six months of taking office, Kamala Harris cleared 27 of 74 backlogged homicide cases by settling 14 by plea bargain and 11 trials. Nine of the 11 trials ended with convictions and two with hung juries. She took 49 violent crime cases to trial and secured 36 convictions.  From 2004 to 2006, Kamala Harris achieved an 87 percent conviction rate for homicides and a 90 percent conviction rate for all felony gun violations.

In 2011, Harris announced the creation of the Mortgage Fraud Strike Force in the wake of the 2010 United States foreclosure crisis.  

In 2012, Harris leveraged California's economic clout to obtain better terms in the National Mortgage Settlement against the nation's five largest mortgage servicers – JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Bank.

In 2013, Harris worked with Assembly speaker John Pérez and Senate president pro tem Darrell Steinberg in 2013 to introduce the Homeowner Bill of Rights, considered one of the strongest protections nationwide against aggressive foreclosure tactics. 

From 2013 to 2015, Harris pursued financial recoveries for California's public employee and teacher's pensions, CalPERS and CalSTRS against various financial giants for misrepresentation in the sale of mortgage-backed securities. 

In 2015, Harris obtained a $1.2 billion judgment against for-profit post-secondary education company Corinthian Colleges for false advertising and deceptive marketing targeting vulnerable, low-income students and misrepresenting job placement rates to students, investors, and accreditation agencies.

In 2016, Harris announced wide-sweeping arrests of more than fifty members of the Mexican Mafia, a.k.a. La Eme, seizing more than sixty firearms, more than $95,000 in cash, and $1.6 million worth of methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana in Riverside County. 

2017–present U.S. Senate 

2020 - Vice President-elect of the United States of America


My point is that celebrating the symbol is important. But knowing the person's accomplishments makes the symbol even more valuable. Know what and whom we are celebrating.  She has history and it's truly herstory. It represents lots of examples for young women to know what has been done, and what is possible to do.

Just sayin'!


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Nov 12
Nov 12

Thank you JoMarie for sharing this information about Kamala Harris.

It is important that more women know about her background and like you said "know what and whom we are celebrating."


Nov 12
Nov 12

Hello Adanna,
Thank you for taking a moment. It means a great deal to me. You are appreciated.

Nini Mappo
Nov 15
Nov 15

Wow, what a glowing track-record of accomplishments! I can now see that she means business. She truly is an inspiration for many young women and girls to break the glass ceiling!

Nov 16
Nov 16

Thank you Nini. I wanted sisters to go beyond the symbol celebration. I want them to know the substance. I want them to know examples so they can create their own list of accomplishments and achievements.