Kamala Harris addresses Black women: ‘You are too often overlooked’

'You are asked to step up and be the backbone of our democracy.'

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Countless women and girls of color have been inspired by Sen. Kamala Harris’ history making vice president election.

On Saturday, Joe Biden was elected to be the 46th president of the United States. He and running mate, Sen. Harris garnered the most votes ever from a presidential ticket with over 70 million ballots cast, theGRIO reported. 

Biden thanked his Black supporters during his victory speech, telling them, “You’ve always had my back, and I’ll have yours.” 

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Harris singled out Black women in her first post-election address to the nation on Saturday, calling them “the backbone of our democracy.”

“Tonight I reflect on their struggle, their determination and the strength of their vision to see what can be unburdened by what has been,” Harris said. 

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” she added. Harris is the first woman in a president or vice presidential role. 

In a tweet on Monday, she praised Black women while acknowledging that they are too often overlooked in this county. 

“I want to speak directly to the Black women in our country. Thank you,” Harris wrote. “You are too often overlooked, and yet are asked time and again to step up and be the backbone of our democracy. We could not have done this without you,” she added.

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The Biden/Harris election win represents hope for many Americans, most especially the youth. 

“Young girls are feeling like they are able to do more than they thought they were able to,” said 13-year-old Leilah from Fairbanks, Alaska, who watched Harris’ speech with her mother. “I felt amazing because it made me feel like I had a chance to do things that mostly men have done,” she added. 

“She’s literally the blueprint to women’s political possibility and now she is stepping literally into the Oval Office and she’s going to put an intersectional lens on everything this administration does from a gender or race lens,” said Glynda Carr, president and CEO of Higher Heights, which supports electing and elevating Black women into political offices.

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