Speaking during a virtual event, Indian-origin Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Kamala Harris urged South Asian women to run for office and take up a leadership role in their communities.
"To all the young women who are watching this, I want you to know that leadership begins the day you are born. You are never too young or too old to be a leader," she said.
Harris has scripted history in US politics after she became the first Indian-American and Black woman to get a major party's vice-presidential nomination.
"So get involved in your community, run for office. Whatever you do, it matters, so just lead," said the senator from California, in an audio message to the virtual event 'South Asian Women in Leadership: Ushering a New Wave of Diversity in the Biden-Harris Era' which was organised by South Asians for Biden and co-hosted by the American Impact Fund and the Indians for Biden National Council.
Panelists at the event included Dr Sadaf Jaffer, the first Muslim woman to serve as a mayor in the US, Kesha Ram, the youngest Indian-American woman to be elected to statewide office and Dr Nina Ahmad, candidate for Pennsylvania Auditor General. Ahmed is vying to be the first woman of colour to hold statewide office.
Harbir Bhatia, who is running to be the first Sikh American woman in the Santa Clara City Council in California, also participated in the event.
Harris described each of the panelists as "incredible trailblazing women who are ready to usher a new wave of leadership."
The session was moderated by Mini Timmaraju, board member of Indian American Impact Fund.
Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Harris are challenging Republican incumbents President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the November 3 US election.