Kamala Harris Becomes the First Woman Vice President

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Kamala Harris, 56, makes US history by becoming the first African, Indian, and Asian American female vice president. Yet, Harris does not let this define her in any way. 

‘I am who I am’: Kamala Harris, daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, defines herself simply as ‘American,’’ The article on the Washington Post by Kevin Sullivan. It talks about how Harris defines herself, 

“She calls herself simply ‘an American,’ and said she has been fully comfortable with her identity from an early age,” Sullivan wrote. “She credits that largely to a Hindu immigrant single mom who adopted black culture and immersed her daughters in it. Harris grew up embracing her Indian culture, but living a proudly African American life.”

Harris does not believe her race and gender should not define her for this position. Harris explains how she views herself to the Washington Post.

 “I’m no different than anybody else,” Harris said. “I’m not suggesting that I don’t have the doubts and whatever that any normal person has. But . . . I don’t have any doubts about who I am ethnically or racially.”

Harris was a Senator for California from 2017 to 2020 and has dedicated her life to public service in law. She was, also, a District Attorney from 2004 to 2011 and California’s Attorney General from 2011 to 2016 . For her college undergraduate degree, she went to Howard University in Washington DC. She then went to the University of California to earn her law degree. 

While having her many public service jobs, she stood by her strong beliefs. Kamala’s website, www.harris.senate.gov, explains further, “Over the course of her nearly two terms [of being the attorney general], Kamala won a $25-billion settlement for California homeowners hit by the foreclosure crisis,” Harris’ website said. “Defended California’s landmark climate change law, protected the Affordable Care Act, helped win marriage equality for all Californians, and prosecuted transnational gangs that trafficked in guns, drugs, and human beings.”

During the acceptance speech for the Biden-Harris administration, Harris spoke in the opening statement,

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” Harris said. “Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”

In her speech Harris went into more depth about how important this step in history is, she talks about her mother and all women around the world.

 “I’m thinking about her and about the generations of women…women throughout our nation’s history who have paved the way for this moment tonight,” Harris said. “Women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality, liberty, and justice for all… What a testament it is to Joe’s character that he had the audacity to break one of the most substantial barriers that exists in our country and select a woman as his Vice President.