By Ettie Rutherford
Along with the coronavirus, the other phenomena that gripped the entire world, recently, was the presidential election in the United States. It has now ended and, even though I wholeheartedly join the world as everyone rejoice in the glow of Joe Biden’s victory, as president-elect, it would be remiss of me not to emphasize the significance of Senator Kamala Devi Harris, a bi-racial woman, of Jamaican and Indian heritage, being elected as the vice-president-elect.
Historical precedence has shown that Black women have always been at the bottom of the barrel. Let us remember, that although women won the right to vote on August 18,1920 in the United States, it was not until five decades later, that Black women were given the same right, as other women.
So, the reality of Harris being the vice-president-elect of such a country, is not only a modern-day miracle, but a stark reminder that all women can achieve their goals — in spite of obstacles thrown in their path.
Vice-president-elect, Senator Harris — who was raised by a single, East Indian mother — is also a testament to the role that single mothers play, especially in the Black community, where, traditionally, so many mothers and children continue to overcome obstacles, without the support of departing fathers.
Please consider this: from the slave-ship to the White House. What a journey! So let us never forget that all women’s possibilities are endless!
Finally, let us also remember to respect Joe Biden for showing the world that ALL women are indeed worthy.
Award-winning Ettie Rutherford, B.Ed, Dip.Ed, M.Ed, is an educator, life coach, consultant and author of “Why Perch Like A Chick When You Can Soar Like An Eagle?”. An accomplished public speaker, Ettie is the Founder and CEO of Women Are Worthy, which provides step-by-step strategies for women to achieve their goals, with a minimum amount of stress. She can be reached at email@example.com