Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris

Updated: Nov 11

By Kimberley Blair Pleasant

“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.”

~Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris



Although she says that the role of “Mamala” is the greatest title she has, Vice President Elect comes in at a pretty close second. Vice President Elect Kamala Harris is the daughter of an immigrant mother from Chennai, India and a Jamaican father, has risen higher in the country’s leadership than any woman ever before her.


A senator from California and a former prosecutor, Vice President Elect Harris has a history of breaking new ground. Now, she is the first woman, first Black person, and first person of Asian descent elected to the country’s second-highest office. At 56, Vice-President Elect Harris embodies the future of a country that is growing more racially diverse


From the earliest days of her childhood, Vice President Elect Harris was taught that the road to racial justice was long but not impossible to travel. From the time, she was a little girl her mother told her she could be anything she wanted to be as long as she worked for it.


In her victory speech Saturday, Vice President Elect Harris spoke of her mother and the generations of women of all races who paved the way for this moment. “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” she told a cheering and honking audience in Wilmington, Delaware. “Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”


Because she was taught to dream the impossible, and know it was possible to achieve, Kamala Harris can add Vice President to her distinguished resume. From an immigrant mother’s encouragement to the White House, this little girl can now say she broke through that “Glass Ceiling”, that so many women before her helped to crack. Congratulations Madam Vice President!


Written By: Kimberley Blair Pleasant

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