Interview With Kamala Harris: ‘There Is No Such Thing as Inspiring to Be the First’ (VIDEO)

[ 0 ] November 3, 2010 |

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, who is the first African American woman nominee for California attorney general, opened up on breaking barriers with genConnect at the Aspen Ideas Festival. “There is no such thing as inspiring to be the first,” Harris told us. “I believe we are inspired because we believe we can do the job better.”

When reporters would ask her when she was elected district attorney in 2003, what it’s like to be the first female DA of San Fran — another impressive feat — Harris would respond, “I’ve always been a woman so I really don’t know what to tell you, but I’m sure a man can do the job just as well.” As far as being an inspiration to future generations, Harris said, I definitely appreciate the role of mentor. “My mother had a saying, ‘You may be the first to do many things, Kamala, but make sure you are not the last.’”  Watch:

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Thank you for the the inspirational message!

For more of our interview with Kamala Harris:

Part II: Kamala Harris on Protecting our Children From Online Predators

Part III: Kamala Harris on  How Education Can Reduce Crime

Part IV: Kamala Harris on Surrounding Yourself With Mentors

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