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Breaking Ceilings

Posted on February 11 2021

Strong women lead; they lead by example and lead with conviction. They’re bold, they make a statement, and they break barriers. Vice President Kamala Harris has done just that; countless times over and over again. If you take a look at the marks she has made during her life thus far; it is no surprise that Vice President Harris is not only the first female Vice President but, also the first person of Black and South Asian descent to hold the office.

Vice President Kamala Harris was the first Black woman to be elected district attorney of San Francisco. There Harris specialized in prosecuting child sexual assault cases and cracked down on teenage prostitution in the city. Kamala reoriented the law enforcement of San Francisco’s approach to focus on the girls as victims rather than as criminals. The Vice President also started a program to provide first-time drug offenders a second chance with the opportunity to earn a high school degree. Harris led by example during her time as district attorney; it is only natural she became an inspiration to future leaders such as the current San Francisco mayor, London Breed.

“She’s been a mentor, but she’s more like a mother,” says San Francisco Mayor London Breed. “I think the name ‘Momala’ is so perfect for her because she provides you with advice and support, but she also tries to find out what is going on with you and are you taking care of yourself.” stated in a report given to abc11 Eyewitness News.

The Vice President then went on to become the first woman and first Black and South Asian American to serve as the attorney general of California in 2011 until 2017. Throughout her period as attorney general; the Vice President surely led with conviction. Harris ignored pressure from the Obama administration to settle a national lawsuit against mortgage lenders for unfair practices. Doing so, Harris unrelentingly pursued the case and in 2012 won a judgment five times higher than that originally offered. Vice President Harris also refused to defend Proposition 8 (2008), which banned same-sex marriage in the state, which helped lead to it being overturned in 2013.

"To the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message — dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourselves in a way that others may not, simply because they have never seen it before," Harris stated during her first speech after the US election was called for Joe Biden.

Vice President Kamala Harris has undeniably broken down barriers numerous times. In 2017, the Vice President became the first Indian American in the Senate and the second Black woman as the Senator of California. Harris quickly became known for her prosecutor style of questioning during witness hearings with much criticism and sometimes interruptions from Republican senators. This did not stop her though; Harris continued to be strong and demonstrated her fearless personality during the questioning of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions; who was testifying before the intelligence committee on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Her fearlessness gained her notability and attention.

With this notoriety and unrelenting boldness, Vice President Harris earned the selection as President Joe Biden’s Vice President in August of 2020. Biden knew he needed a strong woman to help
him lead.

Photographed by Zoe Ghertner, Vogue, April 2018

"I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead. Kamala is that person," he wrote. "I need someone who understands the pain that so many people in our nation are suffering. Whether they’ve lost their job, their business, a loved one to this virus." President Biden wrote in an email from his campaign to his supporters.

The world is better when there are women in leadership positions, making statements, and leading by example. Harris’ ability to break down barriers so many times before has led her to where she is now. Vice President Harris is the first female Vice President of the United States and the first Black and South Asian person to hold the office.

Vice President Kamala Harris has been the first and if not the first, the second in many instances but, above all else, she has always been a strong woman. Like the Vice President, the Maria Canale collection is not afraid to be bold, to make a statement, and to break barriers. When we think of jewelry pieces, we think of strong woman. Those who aren’t afraid to voice their opinions, draw attention, and gain notoriety. Maria Canale’s jewelry pieces are for all kinds of strong women. Those who like to make a statement visually with large semi-precious gemstone statement necklaces or layering gold necklaces and those who like to make an understated everyday statement with sparkling diamond studs or pearl earrings. When we look for inspiration, we look to our strong sisters.

“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 Kamala Harris