Vice President-elect Kamala Harris seen as inspiration to women, other groups

HOUSTON – People on both sides of the aisle are celebrating the historic significance of what this election outcome means for women.

Kamala Harris is the first woman, first Black and first South Asian person to become vice president of the United States.

Vice President-elect Harris has inspired women to dream and attain it with her historic election win.

“She just brings this whole new optic. I think it’s just inspiring. I think it’s cool,” said Lilian Care, a member of the Houston Women’s Group.

Care is also biracial, Chinese and European. She said she’s surprised it took so long for women to reach such a high office in the executive branch. But Care said she’s happy it happened the same year America celebrated the 100th-anniversary women received the right to vote.

“I don’t live in a world where women are not as capable as men,” she said. “Maybe for those who ever had a perception that women couldn’t fulfill certain duties, maybe this will help them rethink that perception.”

Melissa Betts, who is also a member of the Houston Women’s Group, said Vice President-elect Harris is blazing trails, though she didn’t do it alone.

“I think it’s powerful because it normalizes for these little girls they’re literally growing up in a world where the Madam VP-elect is a woman of color,” Betts said. "I think we have to realize the collective work of the women who came before Kamala have built for this moment.