Kamala Harris: America’s first female, Black vice president

Harris was California’s first Black attorney general and the first woman of South Asian heritage elected to the Senate.

Kamala Harris smashed through one of the United States’ highest glass ceilings on Wednesday, becoming the first woman, first Black American and first person of Asian heritage to be appointed vice president, blazing a trail in the most diverse White House ever.

As running mate to now-President Joe Biden, she helped bring Donald Trump’s turbulent rule to an end, assailing him for his chaotic bungling of the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s unrest over racial injustices and his crackdown on immigration.

Harris, 56, enters the post having already forged a unique path, as California’s first Black attorney general and the first woman of South Asian heritage elected to the US Senate.

“A new chapter begins today,” Harris tweeted on Wednesday. “Let’s get to work.”

As vice president, Harris will be a heartbeat away from leading the United States.

With Biden, 78, expected to serve only a single term, Harris would be favoured to win the Democratic nomination in 2024, giving her a shot at more history-making – as the US’s first female president.

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last,” Harris said in a November 7 speech, her first after US networks projected Biden and Harris as the winners over Trump and his deputy Mike Pence.

Trump bitterly contested the results, peddling the lie that the Democrats only won due to massive election fraud.

 

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