Femme History: Kamala Harris


Attorney General Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris became the first female, the first African-American, and the first South Asian in the history of California to serve as Attorney General upon her election in 2010. Harris is a graduate of the distinguished historically black university, Howard University. She continued her academic career, earning her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

After graduating from law school, Harris worked in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. There she specialized in prosecuting child sexual assault cases. She continued her career as a prosecutor after being elected District Attorney of San Francisco in 2003. At the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, Harris led the Career Criminal Unit and served with the Division on Children and Families from 2004 – 2011.

Kamala Harris is a social engineer, protecting the rights for all people and leading the path for social justice in many arenas. This commitment to justice and education motivates her efforts as California Attorney General. Harris’s efforts include combating gangs, ending human trafficking, reducing the rates of truancy, as well as lowering the rates of recidivism.

In January, Kamala Harris formally launched her bid for the senate seat previously held by Barbara Boxer for the past 20 years.

“The American dream belongs to all of us.”– Kamala Harris

Women’s History Month 3.10.15 Kamala Harris