Kamala Harris – a test of American women’s leadership abilities

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Kamala Harris – a test of American women’s leadership abilities

On the evening of August 19, when Senator Kamala Harris was officially nominated as the vice presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, she was introduced to the American people by the women in her family.

When Harris took the stage, she began with a nod to her female `predecessors,` including Hillary Clinton, Shirley Chisholm and her mother Shyamal Harris, who came to the United States from India at age 19.

Kamala Harris at the Democratic Convention in Wilmington, Delaware on August 19.

Harris is the third woman, but the first person of color, to become the vice presidential candidate of a major party in the US.

In 1984, when Geraldine Ferraro was chosen to become Walter Mondale’s `deputy` in the presidential race, the media didn’t know what to do with her.

When Ferraro gave her speech accepting the nomination, she didn’t say much about being a woman, a wife or a mother.

`Choose a woman to run for the country’s second-highest position, and you send a strong signal to all Americans: There are no doors that cannot be opened. If we can do that, we have

`When we talk about the future, the message is Geraldine Ferraro,` then-presidential candidate Mondale said.

In the 1984 campaign, this not only signaled drastic change but also served as a premonition.

Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen wondered that year whether he would be the last white Anglo-Saxon man nominated for vice president.

However, Ferraro is not the only woman to have been nominated for such a high position.

According to research by the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, a Massachusetts nonprofit, women are expected to demonstrate exceptional individuality to win elections.

`I know there are difficult situations that she faces,` Clinton said on August 19.

In 1984, Ferraro cautiously broached the subject of family, nodding quickly to her husband and three children at the end of her speech.

In her first public speech last week as vice presidential candidate, Harris showed herself to be a versatile mother, taking care of her husband’s children, godson and niece.

Kamala Harris - a test of American women's leadership abilities

Harris and presidential candidate Joe Biden at an event in Delaware on August 12.

While male vice presidents can play `shadow presidents,` like Dick Cheney with president George W. Bush, or `good friends` like Biden and president Barack Obama, female candidates are often embroidered

According to Michael Grant, columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune, many of Mondale’s assistants worried that he might mistake Deputy Ferraro for his wife.

Even before Biden announced his pick, a coalition of women discussed predicting gendered attacks against Harris, warning the media against doubting her ambitions and scrutinizing her appearance.

Harris, the first woman of color to become a major party nominee, has inspired fierce reactions.

On Fox News, host Tucker Carlson flatly refused to pronounce her name correctly.

The election amid Covid-19 also brought many difficulties for Harris.

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