Teaching Our Girls About Female Empowerment // The Achievements of Kamala Harris
We Are Shocked
Many have seen the video we posted last week highlighting Kamala Harris and her achievement of running for Vice President of the United States of America. We have seen comments and on the whole, feel disappointed that some took the confused a positive message with a political stance.
Don’t Get Our Message Confused
First and foremost, let’s be clear: We are not a political family. Rather, we have political stances but do not bring that into our entertainment. We have no intention of turning our channel into a campaign tool for either Joe Biden or Donald Trump. Our channel is about family and right now we have the opportunity to share with our children an amazing message about female empowerment. This has nothing to do with politics, the election, or any of the stances that Kamala has on any one subject.
This is About Something Greater Than Politics
When we look at Kamala, we see a woman of color who has worked fearlessly towards a goal and could potentially achieve one of the highest positions of power that this country has to offer. For this reason, we want our children, our girls particularly, to see her success isn’t out of their reach. Never before has a woman – let alone a woman of color- reached the office of the Vice Presidency. This is something to celebrate! It shouldn’t matter your political ideals or whether you think she would make a good VP, it’s an amazing step that SHE has made it this far.
The Girls Can Make Their Own Dreams Come True
Alexis and Ava have a whole world of opportunities ahead of them, and now, they have someone like Kamala Harris leading by example and they know that if they want to be VP or President, they can…the same is true for any minority, regardless of gender.
For the moment, the twins aspire to be actors and singers, but as they get older, they can look to strong female icons to inspire their journey.
So we will keep telling our daughters to look up to Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama, Katherine Johnson, Lupita Nyong’o, Dorothy Lavinia Brown, and the millions of inspiring women who can show them that absolutely nothing can stand in the way of what they want. They can make an impact on this world and it’s our job as entertainers and parents to let them know anything is possible with the right dedication and patience.
We work hard to teach our kids to work hard for the things that they want. We want them to be successful in anything that they decide to do, but we know we (as parents) can only do so much. At some point, it will be their journey. As they get older, we give them more responsibilities and show them through hard work, some sweat, and heart, they can do just about anything that they set their mind to.
We recognize that they have more opportunities than some because of our family’s success, but we make sure they’re aware and don’t take it all for granted. But if they don’t have people to look up to, how are they ever going to strive to make an impact on society? If we don’t celebrate the successes of those who have been silenced and oppressed for so long, how are we going to show our children that there is hope?
Take Another Look at the Video and Your Reaction
Seriously examine your reaction to that video, and if you haven’t seen it, please watch objectively and with an open heart. You can find it here. Did you enjoy the video? If it angered you, why are you angry? Think about it and let us know what you come up with. A little bit of self-reflection can go a long way in improving interaction with others… Be kind to one another and let the successes of others be an inspiration for you to keep going.
Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and to subscribe to Ava and Alexis’ YouTube Channel to see the products of their creativity and hard work. For updates and exclusive content, make sure you subscribe to our newsletter as well.