Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris to become the first woman, and person of color to be Vice President of the United States. Her election is a beautiful breakthrough for all Americans to show how far we have come as a nation, and how far we still need to go for inclusion.
By Victoria Vidales
On Saturday November 7th Americans made history by electing Kamala Harris to be our first female, and first person of color Vice President. Chosen to lead alongside President-Elect Joe Biden, VP-Elect Harris has shattered a glass ceiling many believed would never be achieved. On the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, VP-Elect Harris’ election is a living example of perseverance, dedication, and faith, showing what the American people can achieve together.
The daughter of immigrants, VP-Elect Harris was raised in California by her mother Shyamala, alongside her younger sister Maya. A Bay Area native, VP-Elect Harris received her law degree from UC Hastings, and spent years working in the legal field in public service. Following her career as the Attorney General for California, she furthered her career as a politician, recently serving as a Senator for our great state. After Harris’ own run for the 2020 Democratic party presidential nomination, Biden vowed to choose a female candidate to be his running mate, selecting her.
VP-Elect Harris is, arguably, one of the most qualified Vice Presidents ever elected. Her long career in public service shows her interests in, and dedication to the American people. She, along with Biden, vow to be the leaders of all Americans.
VP-Elect Harris is an example to all women, specifically, women of color, that regardless of your sex, or race, you are capable of reaching one of the highest offices in the U.S. Until the election of Barack Obama in 2008 there had not been one person of color in the White House. His election broke one of many barriers, showing people of color, particularly, African Americans, that their race is not and should not be a limitation.
With her election, VP-Elect Harris has broken more barriers than any of her predecessors. Not only is she the first African American woman to be in the White House, she is also the first Indian American to be as well. Her election also provides Americans with their first second gentleman, with her husband Doug Emhoff joining her in Washington.
With politics aside, this is a moment that I believe should be celebrated for its historical, and social significance. As a country that is beautifully diverse, celebrating inclusivity should be a moment of triumph for all Americans.
I hope that one day a woman will shatter the highest glass ceiling, and become the President of the United States. The time that will take is unknown, but whomever she may be, she will have a long line of women before her, who paved the way for her journey to the top. Perhaps, we are even looking upon her, as she enters into the White House in January.
Melanie Moyer '22,