Mothers + women on social media react to Kamala Harris’s historic election

Moms around the world are reacting to finally seeing a woman in the White House–and what it means for their daughters

Mothers + women on social media react to Kamala Harris’s historic election
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On Saturday, Joe Biden became the President-elect of the United States, beating Donald Trump in a hotly contested race that lasted several days.

With Biden's win, Kamala Harris became the first woman, the first Black person, and the first person of South Asian descent to be elected vice president.

For millions around the country, her election is about more than politics. It's about finally seeing someone who looks like them in the White House.

In the wake of her election, women are sharing what Harris's historic win means to them.



Mindy Kaling, whose parents are Indian immigrants, tweeted that she was crying and holding her daughter. "Look baby, she looks like us," she wrote.

Reese Witherspoon shared an image of Joe Biden hugging a laughing Harris and wrote, "Today is a monumental day. No matter what side you are on, let's take a moment to recognize how far women have come in this country. Thinking about all those who shattered glass ceilings and paved the way for a woman to * finally * be Vice President of the United States makes me so emotional. Sojourner Truth. Harriet Tubman. Shirley Chisholm. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Kamala Harris. I salute them all. And to the young girls of our nation... DREAM BIG. Anything is possible."

Ciara shared an adorable video of herself with her three-year-old daughter, Sienna. "How amazing is it that the first woman Vice President is in the White House? And she's also a woman of color," Ciara says to Sienna. "It's so powerful. We can do anything we put our minds to, right?"

Sienna cheers, "We can do anything we put our minds to!"

"Go girls, go everybody!," the enthusiastic toddler added, before cheering, "And, and the COVID's over!" Ciara quickly clarified, "No, no COVID's not quite over, sunshine. But! I believe that Joe Biden, President Biden is going to be the right president to get us on the right track."

Sophia Bush shared a photo of a young Harris on Instagram and wrote, "The First. Madame Vice President. 244 years into our American experiment, you've made history. Today, little girls everywhere see it and know they can be it. I am honored to be alive in this moment, to bear witness.

  • No matter where you fall on our broad political spectrum, this is a monumental moment for us as a country. What a milestone for us to celebrate! It's about damn time. #KamalaHarris #BidenHarris2020 #herstory"

    Writer Austin Channing Brown asked of Twitter, "Can y'all post the pics of your children watching MVP Kamala Harris tonight?"
    The thread quickly went viral, with parents sharing heartwarming images of their kids watching Kamala Harris address the nation on Saturday.
    One woman replied, "My nieces discussing running in 2052. It's possible!," while sharing a picture of two excited, young girls in front of Harris's image on TV.
    Another woman shared a black and white image of a pajama-clad young girl watching the address with the caption, "Is she talking to me?" Yes, baby girl, yes she is."
    One mom shared a picture of two young girls watching the address on a laptop. "we don't have a TV but set it up on the laptop to watch with our daughters. 7yo brought me tissues to dry my tears. 9yo asked, "am I one of the little girls she's talking about?"
    Images and messages like these flooded social media this weekend as millions celebrated Harris's historic election.
    Vice President-elect Harris is an accomplished, intelligent woman. Her election to one of the highest offices in our nation is sparking much-needed conversations about diversity, representation, and what it means for our children. They will grow up seeing themselves reflected not just in their communities – but in our nation's leadership. We're so grateful for that.
  • Jamie Orsini is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, military spouse, and a mom to two busy toddlers. In her spare time, Jamie volunteers with the Solar System Ambassador program with NASA/JPL and reads anything she can get her hands on. She’s currently working on her first novel.

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