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‘I just have been waiting for it to happen;’ young girls reflect on Kamala Harris breaking barriers

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Kamala Harris Inauguration

ROCKFORD (WREX) —On January 20th, 2021, Kamala Harris broke barriers as she became the first woman, the first African American woman, and the first Asian American to become Vice President of the United States.

The moment Harris took her oath as vice president is a moment 10-year-old Kendall Champion says she will remember the rest of her life.

"It's so cool and I just have been waiting for it to happen and it's just so unreal," said Champion.

Sixteen-year-old Tajionna James says Harris becoming vice president sets the tone for her and her siblings.

"It's definitely a moment that will go down in history and it just goes to show that even me as a black woman, that I can do anything and she is paving the way for other women of color," said James.

These girls say seeing this history inspires them to be proud of their own history and excited to share it with their own children someday.

"That's gonna be like such an amazing story to tell my kids and I think they will be very impressed and happy by it. And by then, I am hoping there will be tons more of these women being vice president and president," said Champion.

They hope this will inspire other girls to continue to break glass ceilings.

Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker is the 13 News weekend evening anchor. She started in April of 2019 after moving from Michigan, where she was a morning producer/traffic reporter.

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