Kamala Harris — California’s Indian-American Senator — has topped Foreign Policy magazine’s 2017 list of ’50 Leading Global Thinkers’.
‘They are the doers who defined 2017,’ Foreign Policy said.
Harris topped the list for giving the Democratic Party hope in the era of President Donald Trump, the magazine explained.
Kamala Harris could well be US President in 2020.
These badass moments show us why.
‘Is Kamala Harris now the 2020 election favourite to take on Trump?’
‘Kamala Harris is starting to make the right moves for 2020’
‘Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand will lead Democrats to 2020 victory’
‘How California could jolt the 2020 presidential race’
These are just a glimpse of the headlines that have popped up across publications like Politico, Newsweek, Huffington Post and The Hill in recent months.
Kamala Harris is the first Indian-American Senator in the United States — and only the second black woman elected to the US Senate.
When she was California’s ‘top cop’
In 2010 Kamala Harris became the first woman, the first Indian-American and the first African-American to become California’s attorney general, the top law enforcement office of America’s most populous state.
When she fought for marriage equality. And won.
As California’s attorney general, Harris (pictured above at the San Francisco Pride Parade) refused to enforce Proposition 8, a voter-passed initiative that banned same-sex marriage in her state.
‘I declined to defend Proposition 8 because it violates the Constitution,’ Harris said when the Prop 8 case came before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2013.
‘The time has come for this right to be afforded to every citizen.’
In 2015, Harris even called out Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia who was against the ruling legalising same-sex marriages, for singling out her state as an outlier.
‘Justice Scalia has caused many people to question the dignity of the court when he makes statements such as the statements he’s made in connection with this case,’ she said.
When she became a US Senator
No stranger to breaking barriers, she became the first Indian American elected to the US Senate and only the second black woman to do so — with a landslide victory.
She told CQ Roll Call, ‘My mother had a saying: “You may be the first to do many things, make sure you aren’t the last.” We need to work to ensure the leaders reflect the people they are supposed to represent, and until we achieve that full representation, I think we should understand we are falling short of the ideals of this country.’