Kamala Harris has only gone and smashed another glass ceiling and made history as Vice President-Elect of the United States of America.
She is also the first Black person to be elected to this role.
This is especially impressive if we consider that when Kamala Harris was born in 1964, Black women in many of the US states still did not have the right to vote.
You can catch up on our series on Black History Month to understand the significance of this.
Now is a time to celebrate this truly historic moment. So, in celebration of Kamala Harris, we looked back at her most inspiring quotes throughout her trailblazing career.
1. What I want young women and girls to know is: You are powerful and your voice matters. You’re going to walk into many rooms in your life and career where you may be the only one who looks like you or who has had the experiences you’ve had. But you remember that when you are in those rooms, you are not alone. We are all in that room with you applauding you on. Cheering your voice. And just so proud of you. So you use that voice and be strong. CLICK TO TWEET
2. Here’s the truth people need to understand: To tackle the challenges of the twenty-first century, we must empower women and families. If we do not lift up women and families, everyone will fall short. CLICK TO TWEET
3. There will be people who say to you, ‘You are out of your lane.’ They are burdened by only having the capacity to see what has always been instead of what can be. But don’t you let that burden you. CLICK TO TWEET
4. My mother would look at me and she’d say, ‘Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you are not the last.’ That’s why breaking those barriers is worth it. As much as anything else, it is also to create that path for those who will come after us. CLICK TO TWEET
5. Anyone who claims to be a leader must speak like a leader. That means speaking with integrity and truth. CLICK TO TWEET
6. My parents would bring me to protests strapped tightly in my stroller, and my mother, Shyamala, raised my sister, Maya, and me to believe that it was up to us and every generation to keep on marching. She’d tell us ‘Don’t sit around and complain about things; do something.’ So I did something. CLICK TO TWEET
7. I have been trained, and my experience over the decades is to make decisions after a review of the evidence and the facts. And not to jump up with grand gestures before I’ve done that. Some might interpret that as being cautious. I would tell you that’s just responsible. CLICK TO TWEET
8. I’ve been a proud mentor to many women seeking public office because I believe we need more women at all levels of government. Women have an equal stake in our future and should have an equal voice in our politics. These are challenging times, but I believe getting more women to run for office is a big part of the solution. CLICK TO TWEET
9. What’s important for my daughter to know is that… if you are fortunate to have an opportunity, it is your duty to make sure other people have those opportunities as well. CLICK TO TWEET
Which quote is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.