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Pundits called it a return to traditional debate, but for millions of women of color, it was anything but that.

Sen. Kamala Harris, a Californian whose family story includes both Black and South Asian roots, took a place on a stage that had, until now, been reserved almost exclusively for white men.

We cannot, however, allow these differences to obscure what should be celebrated, not just by South Asian and Black women, but by the entire country.

Harris remains an anomaly; she’s only the second Black woman elected to the Senate, and the first South Asian woman in the body.

We are still woefully short of that goal: Despite comprising 8% of the population, Black women represent only just over 4% of members of the House of Representatives.

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