Attorney General Kamala Harris Named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People List
By Peggy Hunt
California Attorney General Kamala Harris made Time Magazine’s annual list of 100 most influential people on the planet, from artists and leaders to pioneers, titans and icons. Not only is she drop dead gorgeous but has also been included with a crowd of leaders in culture, politics and business who include Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk, and California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols, who is lauded as the “Thomas Edison of environmentalism”.
As a child, Kamala accompanied her parents to civil rights marches in Oakland. She’s been making strides for justice — and breaking down barriers — ever since.
In 2010, after seven years as San Francisco’s district attorney, she became the first African American, first South Asian and first woman to be elected California attorney general.
She has expanded the smart-on-crime approach she pioneered as a district attorney, taking dangerous guns off the streets and targeting human trafficking.
She took on big banks to secure a bill of rights for California homeowners and up to $20 billion to help struggling families, and she has taken bold actions to protect immigrant rights and consumer privacy.
The child who witnessed the civil rights movement from a stroller has taken a lead role in the fight for marriage equality by challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8.
As a new generation of women pick up the mantle of progress, she will always be among the first to stand up and step forward.
Among world and political leader honorees were President Barack Obama, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and Senator Rand Paul.
On the culture front, some of the honorees included “Girls’” Lena Dunham, Jay Z and Beyonce, singer Justin Timberlake, actor Daniel Day Lewis and the brilliant Indian film star/director and activist Aamir Khan.
Harris’ naming is especially interesting because the Time essay which accompanies her photo was written by House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who was of course, the first woman to serve as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.