By: Ashley Rose
On Jan. 20, 2021, Kamala Harris changed the world as she was inaugurated as the first woman to be Vice President of the United States, furthermore doing so as a Black and South Asian woman.
Kamala Harris has provided an impactful perspective to American politics, as she was raised by two immigrant parents that experienced their own conflicts in life, particularly with racism towards their ethnicity. These hardships did not skip over Harris or her siblings, as she can recall kids not playing with her growing up because she was Black. Memories like these further played into her passion for pursuing racial equality in America.
Originally running as a Democratic Presidential candidate, Harris entered the field of politics in 2011 when she was elected Attorney General of California, a position she held for six years until 2017. Following her term as Attorney General, Harris was elected to the California senate, where she held her position until 2021.
Harris’ name sprouted across the United States after she confirmed she was running as a democratic Presidential candidate for the 2020 election. Her traction grew when she publicly criticized Former President Donald Trump for endorsing Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee who was accused of sexual assault.
Upon dropping out of the 2020 election race, she was selected by Joe Biden as his running mate, putting her on the same ticket that would lead to her being the first female vice president. Harris’ position as vice President had lead to her being nationally recognized as the most important woman to exist in the history of American politics.