Giving a damn is kind of in Meena Harris' DNA. The same goes for setting the ultimate example for how women can defy systemic inequality to change the world. Just as she learned from her mother Maya, a senior advisor to Hillary Clinton, and her aunt Kamala—who you probably know as the Democratic candidate for Vice President—Harris is hellbent on empowering future generations of women to make their mark—including her two daughters.
In the aftermath of the 2016 election, Harris—a Harvard-schooled lawyer—launched the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, an organization that works to bring awareness to intersectional social causes. That means juggling partnerships with nine other organizations working to empower women, designing and selling t-shirts that have gone viral many times over to benefit those organizations, crossing the country for speaking engagements and other advocacy opportunities, and at the end of the day, also being a mom.
You might wonder how there are enough hours in the day for Harris to tackle it all, but that's a question she constantly ponders herself. "I became a (full-time) entrepreneur and a mother basically at the same time, so my identity expanded and evolved in some ways," she says. "But the biggest challenge has been juggling the two in terms of how I spend my time. I try to remind myself that although they’re distinct identities, they’re not mutually exclusive."
Below, she shares more about what it means to be a phemonenal woman, and how she plans on instilling that same spirit of activism into her daughters.