History in the Making: Kamala Harris, the First Female Vice President

Updated: Jan 29

On Saturday, Nov. 7, Kamala Harris became the nation's first female, Black, and South Asian American Vice President-elect. In her first public statement, after officially solidifying her win in Pennsylvania, Kamala tweeted: "This election is about so much more than @JoeBiden or me. It’s about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started.”

It has been long overdue, but finally the United States has more representation now than ever, with the first female Vice President. Kamala Harris's multicultural roots and her experiences as a mixed woman of two immigrant parents will offer the Biden Administration a whole new-found perspective and provide much-needed diversity in the White House. Considering everything that people of color have endured throughout COVID-19-- worsening inequalities nationwide, the uprising of The Black Lives Matter Movement criticized, and mostly used as a trend-- people of color need to have a voice now more than ever and now they will.


For women nationwide— all of whom are currently fighting for the rights to their bodies and are disproportionately affected by the pandemic—the new vice presidency is a major victory. For centuries, women have worked unbelievably hard, becoming the backbone of this country. With that, women have always been overlooked and taken for granted, but now they are finally able to receive the recognition and representation that’s deserved.


In her victory speech, Kamala Harris praised Joe Biden for having the “audacity to break one of the most substantial barriers that exists in our country and select a woman as his Vice President.” “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” Vice President Kamala Harris said. In her role as Vice President, Kamala will be a walking reminder of the American Dream, empowering and proving that girls and women of color can truly achieve their goals.



Sources:


https://www.forbes.com/sites/maggiemcgrath/2020/11/07/kamala-harris-makes-history-what-the-first-female-vice-president-elect-means-for-women/?sh=29af26bc6455


https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/11/07/kamala-harris-first-female-vice-president-first-woman-vp-color/6168492002/


https://www.businessinsider.com/kamala-harris-makes-history-first-woman-black-vice-president-elect-2020-11


https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/08/at-least-11-women-have-run-for-vice-president/


https://www.harris.senate.gov/about




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