Kamala Harris: With the eyes of the nation on California Senator Kamala Harris following an explosive presidential campaign announcement and a series of equally memorable appearances, Harris has made it clear that she, her husband, and their family are in this together.
Harris married her husband, attorney and burgeoning Twitter star Doug Emhoff, in 2014, when she was 50 years old. Harris had not married or had children prior to her marriage to Emhoff, a trajectory of timing that goes against expectations of what a presidential personal life should entail. But as a powerful woman, her later marriage and lack of biological children carry even greater implications, sending an affirming message that women’s value and success in this country should no longer be bound to the chronological milestones of an early marriage followed by the carrying, birthing, and rearing of children.
When Harris talks about the importance of her family, she's talking about a group that includes her husband, two stepchildren, her sister, Maya Harris — an MSNBC commentator and attorney — and her niece, Meena, an activist, lawyer, and founder of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign. (Photo via Chip Somodevila/Getty Images)