November 7, 2020
“Kamala Harris will become the first woman to serve a heartbeat away from the presidency. That is the highest elected office ever to be held by a woman in the United States. And she will be the first Black American and the first Asian American to ever be elected Vice President. Certainly, a historic moment as well. Of course, on the hundredth anniversary of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote, there is finally a woman in the White House.”
CBS News, anchor Norah O’Donnell
What Her Election Means To Me
Across the country, as the news broke that day, Americans spontaneously broke into joyous celebrations. Into the streets, women, men, teenagers, and children of all colors and backgrounds exalted the news of the historic event. President-elect Joe Biden and the first female Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris was declared.
The festivities unfolded on my television that day. The reporters interviewed women, female teenagers, and preteens, vividly expressing their feelings. In their way, each female conveyed how proud and motivated they were to witness the election of the first female elected to be Vice President of the United States. Their stories were inspirational. Kamala Harris was their sister. And she showed each of them, anything was possible.
This series is the result of that inspiration. Eight stories were told by Yuqing, Harlene, Andrea, Barbara, Cora, Mary, Ethel, and Michelle and retold by me. Eight women of different ages, ethnicities, and experiences, sharing what this moment meant to them.