Kamala Harris changes the face of American politics as the first woman, person of color, and multiracial global citizen to take on the role as Vice President of the United States of America.
Montreal, QC — Kamala Harris made history in the US on November 7th, shattering ceilings that have kept men, white men, entrenched at the highest levels of American politics ever since the very founding of the country in 1776.
Harris is not only the first woman, or person of color, ever to take on the role as Vice President, but she is also the first African American and South Asian American global citizen to lead in the position.
A rising star in Democratic politics, Harris previously served as San Francisco’s district attorney and California’s attorney general before becoming a U.S. senator.
Born to first-generation immigrant parents— a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, Harris always embraced her multicultural upbringing, attending both a Hindu temple and singing in the choir at a black Baptist church during her childhood.
Harris also spent her high school years in Montreal, Canada – a city known as one of the world’s epicenters of ethnic and cultural diversity, where people of all backgrounds live in harmony and celebrate equal opportunity.
“As a global citizen, Kamala Harris is set to inspire an entire generation of new leaders,” says GCF Founder, Armand Arton.
Like Kamla, Armand landed in Montreal at the ripe age of 17 and credits the city for nurturing a sense of global identity that now empowers his life-long mission with the Global Citizen Forum and Arton Capital.
“Not only will Americans begin to see new doors opening for immigrants, but they will also witness their true potential as a force for good in their nation,” Arton shares.
Kamala— which translates to “lotus flower” in Sanskrit— has publicly acknowledged her diverse heritage throughout the campaign, including a callout to her “chitthis,” a Tamil word for a maternal aunt, in her first speech as Biden’s running mate.
But Harris’ position of enormous privilege and power will not only usher more Black and Indian women and people of color into politics. It will also offer an unprecedented opportunity to push the country closer to justice and equality for marginalized communities.
“While I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities,” affirms the Vice President elect, during her speech in Delaware after the 2020 elections were called.
Harris will officially take office as the 49th Vice President of the USA on January 20th, 2021.