News that Democratic Senator Kamala Harris will run for presidency in 2020 is already history-making. The 2010 Democratic presidential primaries will be the first time more than one woman has competed for the party’s nomination and, if Harris does secure the bid, she will be the first African-American or Indian-American woman to be a major party nominee for the presidency.
A vocal Trump critic, Harris was both the first woman and the first person of colour to hold the position of district attorney in California where she fought for and protected gay rights, as well as increasing law enforcement transparency and public access to information about in-custody deaths. Both Barack Obama and Joe Biden are fans – in fact, she’s been billed as the ‘female Barack Obama’.
Here, we round up five of her most impactful, thought-provoking and galvanising quotes.
- “To be smart on crime, we should not be in a position of constantly reacting to crime after it happens. We should be looking at preventing crime before it happens.” – Smart On Crime, 2009
- “You have to see and smell and feel the circumstances of people to really understand them.” – CBS News, 2012
- “I want to use my position of leadership to help move along at a faster pace what I believe and know the Obama administration wants to do around the urgency of climate change.” – Politico, 2010
- “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.” – Marie Claire, 2015
- “Don’t give up – our country needs you now more than ever. This is a pivotal moment in the history of our country: Our ideals are at stake, and we all have to fight for who we are. We are all, and should be treated as, equals, but the disparity in terms of income and inequality, for women and women of colour, is significant.” – Marie Claire, 2015