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Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Aug 21, 2020

The power of choice has never been more on display than it was yesterday when a male presidential candidate deliberately chose a woman who is a person of color to be his running mate. Only two other women have been vice presidential nominees, Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and Sarah Palin in 2008. This historical moment cannot be ignored and must be acknowledged regardless of political affiliation or thought.

Our mission is to advance the status of women in the law and society, and thus Lawyers Club applauds United States Senator Kamala Harris’ trailblazing accomplishment. Lawyers Club has long invited women who are breaking gender barriers for all women to share time with our members. Therefore, it is no surprise that in May 2011 Harris was the annual dinner keynote speaker and in September 2008 was the luncheon speaker.
 
Harris has been breaking gender barriers for years. In 2003, she was elected the first person of color to serve as San Francisco District Attorney. In 2010, she was elected the first woman and first person of color to serve as California Attorney General. In 2016, she was elected the first Indian American person, and second African American woman to serve in the United States Senate.
 
Regardless of the state of political affairs and racial tensions today, the nomination of a woman and person of color as vice president for 330 million Americans is a prodigious moment for the advancement of women and diversity in our society.
 

Yahairah Aristy is a Deputy Public Defender, and is the 2020-2021 president of Lawyers Club of San Diego.


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