Kamala: A Candidacy More Than a Century in the Making

Chicago Women Take Action is delighted that Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden has chosen Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, making her the first Black woman to be nominated for a position in the White House by any major party.

While one could say the choice of a Black Woman as a running mate  is long overdue – coming 100 years after women won the right to vote and 55 years after the Voting Rights Act of 1965 finally created a “guaranteed” right to vote for African-Americans – we look at it differently.

We are excited because Biden’s choice is a recognition of what women – particularly in Chicago – have known for a long time – Women – and particularly Black Women – can and have made the difference in elections.  

A woman raised predominantly by her mother, Senator Harris has consistently worked to realize the issues on our agenda that  represent the job, health and personal security that women and their families need – from a living wage to full health care services to a healthy environment safe from pollutants and violence.

While we are a non-partisan entity, we encourage all women to involve themselves in this election to ensure that those who are elected represent our needs and aspirations.