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Kamala Harris Becomes First Woman, African American, Asian American Vice President

HeadlineNov 09, 2020

Kamala Harris makes history many times over. She is the first-ever woman vice president. She is also the first African American, first South Asian, first Indian Tamil American and the first Caribbean American to hold the office. Harris is the daughter of immigrants: an Indian mother and a Jamaican father. The junior senator from California previously served as the state’s attorney general and, before that, as San Francisco’s district attorney. In her victory speech Saturday, Harris paid tribute to Black women and the generations of women who fought for equal rights.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris: “Women who fought and sacrificed 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, all the women who have worked to secure and protect the right to vote for over a century — 100 years ago with the 19th Amendment, 55 years ago with the Voting Rights Act and now in 2020 with a new generation of women in our country who cast their ballots and continued the fight for their fundamental right to vote and be heard.”

President-elect Biden is expected to issue a set of executive orders as soon as he takes office in January, rolling back some of Trump’s most harmful and contested policies, including the Muslim travel ban, the transgender military ban, reinstating protections for DREAMers, and reinstating environmental and other regulations. He has also vowed to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and reverse Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization.

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