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Kamala Harris - the 47th president of the United States of America?

What a better figure for young women than Ivanka and cronies.

Kamala Harris - the 47th president of the United States of America?

Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks at a campaign stop at IBEW Local 58 on October 25, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan.

Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images

I'll never forget hearing Pennsylvania being called for Joe Biden.

As instantly as I saw the results, I heard cheers from outside my Astoria apartment. Hours later and there are still intermittent cries of joy, cars honking.


2020 has finally given us something to celebrate - and not just the fact that come January, Donald Trump will no longer be president.

Kamala Harris is the first female Vice President-elect. Finally, we will have a voice directly in the ear of the Oval Office, a voice shouting that women must be heard.

Children going to school on Monday have a new idol to look up to. Ivanka Trump, Kayleigh McEnany, Melania Trump - these are no longer the women girls will constantly see on their screens, figureheads they think they should be like. Instead, they have a woman of color as Vice President of the United States of America.

A sentence that thrills me to write.

After watching Hillary Clinton come so close in 2016 but ultimately fail, I wondered if I would see a female president in my life-time. Now I have renewed hope.

Harris has broken barriers throughout her career, and in winning this election with Biden, I think she can crash through that final wall. Whether it's in 2024 or 2028, I see a path for a female president.

Harris has proven that she has what it takes, showing she can secure not only California but her name on the ticket can help win a presidential election.

Of course, this victory is not solely hers - this is a collective effort from a huge variety of groups mobilizing across the states - but seeing her as Vice President-elect gives me that tingly feeling in my stomach I haven't had in years. If her performance in the VP debate against Mike Pence is anything to go by, we can expect her to be a fierce opponent to a future Republican challenger.

Former Vice President Biden is now the President-elect - and I believe Harris will follow the same trajectory.

Why as a mum and a psychologist I want us to talk more about dads

I am psychologist at the University of Sussex whose work is focused on supporting and researching parents - it has become clear to me that we need to worker harder to support the mental health of fathers. Here's why.

Why as a mum and a psychologist I want us to talk more about dads

Fatherhood

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

I am stood in the kitchen experiencing a jangling combination of exhilaration, because my infant daughter has gone to sleep, and dread, because in just four hours she will wake up again.


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Children have a place on the frontlines of the culture wars

What Should We Do When the Culture Wars Invade Our Children’s Lives?

Children have a place on the frontlines of the culture wars

You know when there’s a controversy whether to include both sides to the Holocaust in a Texas school district, the culture wars have once again invaded the children’s lives. Similarly, in Southern Pennsylvania, books by people of color were banned (or per the official Central York School statement: “frozen” for an entire year.)

These discussions by the school boards are impacted by the bills passed in government, as in the case of House Bill 3979 requiring public school teachers to present various points of view when teaching about current events and social issues. Often, the impulse to clutch pearls and to “think of the children” is a rhetorical device to further political causes. As the larger climate in a racialized society such as the United States grapple with a history of slavery and the fight for racial justice--with the most current iteration being the black lives matter protests in the summer of 2020--what the children learn in schools have become a new battleground for those who land on opposing sides of this culture war.

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