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Kamala Harris Becomes First Female Vice President

Rebecca Shepherd

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Kamala Harris Becomes First Female Vice President

Today Kamala Harris has made history becoming the first female Vice President.

Not only is she now the highest ranking female US official ever, she is also the first woman of colour to take on the role.


Joe Biden won presidency back on 7 November but has been sworn into office today (20 January) at an inauguration ceremony which former president Donald Trump refused to attend.

Biden's success went hand in hand with Harris' but she tweeted when the election results were finalised to say: "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."

Before the ceremony, Harris shared a video paying tribute to the women who came before her. The clip began with Harris remembering her mother, an Indian immigrant and breast cancer researcher named Shyamala Gopalan Harris .

The Vice President's acceptance speech, from when she addressed the nation back in November, was played over the footage.

She can be heard saying: "To the woman most responsible for my presence here today: my mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who is always in our hearts.

"When she came here from India at the age of 19, she maybe didn't quite imagine this moment. But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible.

Credit: Twitter/@KamalaHarris
Credit: Twitter/@KamalaHarris

"And so I am thinking about her and about the generations of women - of women, black women, Asian, White, Latina, Native American women who throughout our nation's history have paved the way for this moment.

"Woman who fought and scarified so much for equality and liberty and justice for all. Including the Black women who are often, too often, overlooked but so often prove they are the backbone of our democracy."

She went on: "I reflect on their struggle, their determination and the strength of their vision to see what can be unburdened by what has been. And I stand on their shoulders."

Congratulations, Madam V‪ice President.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: News, US News

Rebecca Shepherd
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