Hillary Clinton’s demoralizing loss to Donald Trump on Election Day this past week was not the end of the world for American women in elected offices at the federal level.
While the opportunity for history to be made may have eluded U.S. voters in the presidential race, an historic victory in a California-based race for the U.S. Senate last Tuesday set the stage for minority women in major way. This amazing feat may indeed open the door for a woman to win the U.S. presidency in the near future.
Kamala Harris (pictured) is the new Democratic, junior senator-elect who just won the seat previously held by Barbara Boxer (D). Boxer, a veteran federal legislator from California said in January of 2015 that she would not seek re-election for the U.S. Senate.
Harris, 52, is a native of California’s San Francisco Bay Area. Her mother was an Indian-American doctor named Shyamala Gopalan-Harris. Mrs. Gopalan-Harris passed away in 2009. Harris’ father is a Jamaican-American economics professor named Donald Harris.
She made history last Tuesday by becoming only the second woman of African-American descent to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Harris is also the first woman of Indian descent to win a seat in the U.S. Senate. Her background in elected office is very credible.
In 2010, Harris was elected as the California Attorney General. She was the first woman of African-American and Indian-American descent to be elected to that office. Prior to being sworn in as California’s 32nd Attorney General, Harris served two terms as the elected District Attorney in the San Francisco-area municipality of Orange County.
In addition to being known as a smart prosecutor, Harris has dabbled in social activism as well. She’s been a leading attorney advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement. Harris also spoke at the Democratic National Convention this past July where she made a speech about police brutality against black men and women.
Many political insiders in the Democratic Party are saying that Harris has a chance to run against Donald Trump in 2020. She has also been touted as a good candidate for California’s governor, U.S. vice president, and as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
To watch the victory speech Harris made on Election Night last week, please click here.