I had the opportunity to interview Meena Harris on my show today! She is the founder and CEO of Phenomenal Woman, a female-powered lifestyle brand that brings awareness to social causes, and the author of Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea.
She is a Harvard Law graduate, entrepreneur and mom, who is now adding the title of Children’s Book author to her resume. I previewed her new book Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea and read it to my 6-year old, and he was into it!
The book has great illustrations and the story is based on a true story of Meena’s mother, Maya, and aunt, Kamala (i.e. US Senator Kamala Harris). In the story, two sisters turned the unused courtyard in their apartment building into an area for kids to play.
Another thing I love about this book, is it highlights not only two female main characters, but also diversity. I know with my kids, it’s important for them to be able to relate to what they see and read in books, not only just their interests, but also people of color and from backgrounds/cultures similar to their own.
Meena was a great interview and had lots of insightful ideas and information when it comes to social causes and equality. One of the key points that really stood out to me is this fact:
In 2018, fewer than a third of all U.S. children’s books featured a person of color as a main character.