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What Kamala Harris’ Win Means For Women In India

The future is female

By Gargi Agrawal  January 27th, 2021

Kamala Harris. That’s all. The name is now symbolic of everything that runs parallel with feminism. While her historic win sent down solid waves across the world, there was a profound, underlying meaning to her victory. Credentials and descent aside, when Harris turned up in that stunning purple number for being sworn in, young girls around the world saw a piece of themselves in her. With a hope that one day it could be them. With a dream which said anything is possible.

 

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Harris’ win is much more than being historic. And it comes with a different, rather personal implication for every woman around the world. With her exceptional oratory skills that presented us with valuable life lessons, her staunch persona sets her apart from women in politics. A character so strong, so pertinent that it has made every female of colour, caste, creed and nationality desire for a role model like Harris in their own country.

And to that extent, I got my work wives to review what her win means to them personally. Here’s what they had to say:

Sonali Shah, Deputy Editor

“The US dictates global trends, and this is a powerful one—that a woman, of colour no less, is going about calling the shots. With Kamala’s win, I feel immense hope and a tad bit of reassurance as I see a woman leader-figure prominently in an authoritative role. She has axed down the closed door, opening wonderful possibilities for the futures of little girls and young women in their country.”

 

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Ainee Nizami Ahmedi, Digital Editor

“Kamala Harris’ appointment goes beyond being a political outcome. I think we all whooped when, in her first speech as VP-elect, she declared, ‘I may be the first, but won’t be the last’. She’s a perfect role model; one that we needed in 2021 to remind ourselves that while we still have a long, long way to go, we also have a lot to pat ourselves on the backs for. Kamala will go down in history not just as the first woman VP of the USA, but also as one of the many women who gave hope to a community to stay strong and focused, no matter what!”

 

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Sonakshi Sharma, Junior Beauty Writer

“For me, the win of Kamala Harris isn’t just political—it’s personal. Being a woman comes with its joys and challenges, especially when your country is in a state of free fall. Fighting battles of sexism, racism and misogyny, Madam Vice President has shattered the white men parade once and for all, much to the relief of my diverse beliefs. Looking up at her as a global leader is a moment of monumental transition and growth for young girls around the world. I only hope for the next four years to look more sensible sans violence under her reign. Gear up States, this movement won’t culminate with her time.”

 

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Ruman Baig, Senior Digital Writer

“When I look at Kamala Harris’ victory, it sure makes me proud as a South Asian woman, but more importantly, it affects the position of Muslims in this current, increasingly Islamophobic world. As one of their first moves after taking over the office, President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris lifted the Muslim ban laid by the Trump government, and that gives me hope for my community, especially for the women in my community who will now see someone like them leading from the forefront.”

 

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Gargi Agrawal, Digital Writer

“Kamala Harris’ win is emblematic of a hope that anything is possible if you just believe. It pushes you to dream bigger, to dream something crazier. And it gives me profound happiness to think that in the years to come, young girls wouldn’t look at a woman assuming the role of a VP as something unusual and extraordinary. But it will be normal and very much achievable in their eyes. Just like Harris said, “I may be the first woman to hold this office. But I won’t be the last.”

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