Female Engagement, Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris has proposed to introduce a new maternal care act if she is elected as the president, to engage with the mothers in the United States between the age of 26 and 44 years. She supports abortion and the reproductive rights of women, to engage with women in their twenties. She continues to have direct interactions with young girls and also encourages young achievers through her social media posts.
We began our research by examining news reports and the social media activities of Kamal Harris after January 21st, 2019, following her declaration of candidacy for the United States presidential elections. This search attempt revealed important and relevant information regarding the measurements Kamala Harris has taken to engage women of all ages. We found data on how she has appointed mostly colored women as the senior staffers of her campaign, her continued vocal support to end gun violence, her stand for protecting the reproductive rights of women, her continual concern expressed towards maternal health and maternity problems of black women, and her support to young girls and women who have made contributions to make the voices of women heard.
In order to identify the age group of women to whom the proclamations of Kamala Harris appeal the most, we looked into sources which typically publishes statistical data and demographic profiles. For example, in order to find out which age group she addresses through her stand on maternal health, we looked for the average age span of mothers in the United States. Similarly, in order to identify which age group she addresses through her very vocal position on abortion, we searched for the age group with the highest abortion rates in the United States. Further, we also looked for the speeches of Kamala Harris after her declaration of candidacy.
WOMEN OF ALL AGE GROUPS
On the same week of January, Kamala Harris announced her presidential candidacy as Shirley Chisholm, a congresswoman from New York who was the first woman to seek the nomination of the Democratic Party as president 47 years ago. This gesture shows her sense of solidarity with women. Kamala Harris repeatedly emphasizes her promise to bring gun control laws to end gun violence. Since women and children are the common victims of gun violence in America, this promise mainly draws the votes of women. On April 24, 2019, Kamala Harris also tweeted that "nearly 1 million women in the U.S. alive today have been shot, or shot at, by an intimate partner. We’ve had too many tragedies for addressing gun violence to not be a priority".
Speaking of the federal minimum wages in America, on April 24, 2019, Kamala Harris addressed the problem of minimum wages in her tweet, adding that women are more significantly impacted by this, as the majority of minimum wage employees are women.
Kamala Harris has decided to entrust colored women to run her campaign. Of the top 19 workers in her campaign, half are colored women. On April 16, 2019, Kamala Harris declared her support to Christine Blasey Ford, a survivor of sexual violence and a victim of social abuse, following her testimony of being sexually assaulted by the US Supreme Court's current Associate Justice. On April 5, 2019, Kamala Harris said she was open to choosing a woman as her running mate. Kamala Harris sharply criticized Vice President Mike Pence for saying that he "never eats alone with a woman other than his wife" and called the statement "outrageous".
During her speech in Oakland on January 27, 2019, Kamala Harris endorsed her commitment to women's rights and stated that she wanted to build America to be a place where women are respected in their homes and workspaces.
MOTHERS (26 YEARS — 44 YEARS)
The twitter post of Kamala Harris promises to implement a new "Maternal CARE Act". The average age of first-time mothers in the United States is 26, and the maximum age of motherhood is assumed to be 44. Therefore, the promise addresses women between the age of 26 and 44. On April 16, 2018, Kamala Harris tweeted that the United States has the highest rate of maternal deaths where the majority of them are black women. On April 14, 2019, Kamala Harris tweeted that the nation should address the maternal health crisis faced by black women.
A video on Kamala Harris' Twitter handle posted on April 26, 2019, talks about public speaking to tweenagers and gives them tips on how to become a good public speaker. This video demonstrates her ability and effort to actively engage with young girls. This video has 3,83,000 views as of April 30, 2019.
On April 16, 2019, Kamala Harris tweeted on teen dating violence and recalled that her office had worked with 'domestic violence' organizations to solve the issue. On April 10, 2019, Kamala Harris tweeted to congratulate Katie Bouman who contributed in the development of a new method of imagery through a unique algorithm which helped scientists to capture the first ever picture of black holes.
When the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the state constitution protects a woman's right to have an abortion, Kamala Harris tweeted, "The government shouldn't interfere in women's health care. Good news from Kansas". 60% of women who undergo abortion in the United States are in their 20s. Therefore, the tweet addresses women in their 20s, mainly. On April 13, 2019, Kamala Harris tweeted in support of abortion and women's reproductive rights.