Meena Harris, V.P. Kamala Harris's Niece, Is a Best-Selling Children's Author
For the Harris women, social change and female empowerment is a family affair. It started with the late Shyamala Gopalan Harris, a prominent breast cancer researcher, civil rights activist, and single mother of two daughters, Kamala and Maya. Then, there's Vice President Kamala Harris, who, among many other firsts, will be the first female vice president; and there's her younger sister, Maya Harris, a civil rights lawyer and public policy advocate, who once led the nation's largest ACLU affiliate.
So it should come as no surprise that Maya's daughter, Meena Harris, is carrying on that legacy—with a list of achievements that are equally impressive. "I grew up surrounded by these strong, brilliant women who showed me what it meant to show up in the world with purpose and intention," Meena told Glamour in January 2020. "I just idolized them—these incredible women who were all around me." At just 36 years old, the Harvard-educated lawyer is the founder and CEO of Phenomenal (a female-powered organization that brings awareness to various social causes), a best-selling children's book author (she published Ambitious Girl on January 19 and Kamala and Maya's Big Idea last year), and is the mother of two young daughters herself.
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