A huge historic milestone has been reached as Kamala Harris has become the first female, first black and first South Asian-American Vice President of the United States.
This is something that should be greatly celebrated across the world, as it marks a massive change and improvement in how women and ethnic minorities are perceived and treated.
For centuries, women and ethnic minorities have rarely been given any sort of power. Women were usually expected to stay at home whilst their husbands went to work, and for years females have battled with trying to be seen to have the same abilities as men, and to be given equal pay.
Kamala Harris being inaugurated as vice president is a huge step towards closing the inequality gap, and hopefully will pave the way for other women and people of ethnic minorities to also obtain high positions and to be more highly considered.
Let us learn a bit more about America’s new Vice President!
For a little bit about the personal life of Harris, she is the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants and has been married to husband Doug Emhoff for about 7 years, and they have two children together called Ella and Cole.
Harris has worked in public service almost her entire life, and she has always had a great sense of justice instilled into her due to her parents being activists, with them often bringing her along to civil rights demonstrations. Harris’ upbringing drove her to become a persecutor, and her motivation is fighting “for the people”.
Harris has worked her way up through the ranks, becoming a district attorney, an attorney general and then joining the Senate in 2017. She has achieved so much throughout her life. Below is a list of some of the amazing things Harris has done:
Created a program to offer first-time drug offenders the opportunity to get a high school degree and a job.
Won a $20 billion settlement to help residents of California who had their house foreclosed on
Won a $1.1 billion settlement for students and veterans who had been taken advantage of by an education company looking for profit
Enforced environmental law
Being the first female, black and South Asian-American to become vice president is a huge historical milestone, and Kamala herself has said how she is determined that she “won’t be the last”.