Kamala Harris Has Become America’s First Woman Vice President

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Kamala Devi Harris has made history as the first Black, first South Asian, and the first woman to be elected Vice President of the United States.

Election Day has turned into Election week as final votes from Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina confirmed that America voted for Democracy. Amidst baseless accusations of fraud from Donald Trump, the Biden/Harris campaign stayed confident while insisting that every vote be counted. While media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC have not called the election, outlets such as Vox and Decision Desk HQ announced the win early 

Joe Biden has been elected the 46th President of the United States, and Harris is the nation’s 49th Vice President. The race had been close over the last four days with .2 percent lead differences between Biden and Trump. With an increase in mailed-in ballots, due to COVID-19, there were millions of ballots coming through USPS, as well as the in-person ballots from November 3. When Biden led with 253 Electoral votes over Trump’s 213, eyes were on Pennsylvania and Nevada. In the early hours on Friday, Biden had taken the lead in both states, and supporters claimed a win as votes continued to be counted.

The election of Harris is an extraordinary moment in history, as she becomes a graceful example of representation for Black girls and South Asian girls across the country. They can look to their Vice President and know that they too can lead. A child of Jamaican and South Asian immigrants, a graduate of the historically black Howard University, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Harris is an inspiration who will be celebrated for her historic accomplishment. In a country that has seen great injustices to women and people of color, particularly Black people, having Harris as Vice President has gained similar reactions as the election of President Barack Obama.

After being elected to Senate in 2016, Harris proved herself prepared for office when she ran against Biden for the Democratic Presidential nomination.  Although Harris faced harsh criticism for her record as Attorney General in California, she still hit the campaign trail hard to show the American people that was ready to work for them. Her presence on the national ticket was a strong factor in people of color getting to the polls to cast their votes. Harris has shattered the glass ceiling for what women can accomplish in the U.S. government, and her historic journey has only just begun.