Indian-born Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential candidate, has urged South Asian women to run for office and take on leadership roles in their communities.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and deputy Harris will challenge Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the November 3rd US election.
“For all of the young women watching this, I want you to know that leadership begins the day you are born. You are never too young or too old to be a leader,” said Harris, 55, at an event Saturday .
Harris made history in US politics after becoming the first Indian-American black woman to receive a major party vice-presidential nomination.
“So get involved in your community, run for office. Whatever you do, it’s important to just run,” said the California senator in an audio message for the virtual event, “South Asian Women in Leadership: A New Wave initiate “Diversity in the Biden-Harris Era” organized by South Asians for Biden.
The event was co-hosted by the American Impact Fund and the Indians of the Biden National Council.
Panelists included Dr. Sadaf Jaffer, the first Muslim woman to serve as mayor in the United States, Kesha Ram, the youngest Indian-American woman to be elected to nationwide office, and Dr. Nina Ahmad, Candidate for the Pennsylvania Auditor General. Ahmed vies to be the first black woman to hold a national office.
Harbir Bhatia, who is the first Sikh American to run for the Santa Clara City Council, also attended the event.
Harris described each of the panelists as “incredible pioneering women ready to usher in a new wave of leadership”.
The session was moderated by Mini Timmaraju, board member of the Indian American Impact Fund.
“As you know, my mother Shyamala Harris (here) came from India at the age of 19 to pursue her dream of curing cancer. She devoted her life to fighting for America’s promise, just like Joe Biden,” said the Indian-born senator said.
Harris said Biden’s tenure will reflect America’s strength in its diversity.
“Joe was proud to work with the Asia-American and Pacific Islandaer communities and is committed to ensuring that the Biden Harris administration reflects the diversity of America. As Joe Biden said, our diversity makes us stronger, not in. ” Still, “” said Harris.
“South Asians for Biden is really honored that Senator Kamala Harris made remarks on South Asian women in leadership positions at our event,” said Neha Dewan, South Asians for Biden national director.
“Senator Harris has been a pioneer in public office throughout her tenure, and her election as Democratic vice president is of particular importance to both South Asian and black women, who are inspired to seek public office in unprecedented numbers in the future. ” Said Dewan.