The Journey of the First Woman Vice President of the United States

The United States of America has had a total of 49 Vice Presidents with Ms. Kamala Harris being the 49th officeholder. 

Kamala Harris was Joe Biden’s running-mate for the presidential election and was elected in office in November 2020. She is the first woman and person of color who took the position of Vice President in the History of America. She is also the second person of color who held a position in the US Senate with Former President Barack Obama being the first. 

According to Britannica.com, Ms. Harris’s full name is Kamala Devi Harris. She was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland California. Her father was a professor at Stanford University and her mother was a cancer researcher. Maya Harris, Kamala Harris’ sister, is a lawyer, public policy advocate, and writer.  

Kamala Harris studied and got her Bachelors of Arts in political science and economics at Howard University. She then got her Law degree from Hastings College. She gained a reputation as a district attorney in Oakland for dealing with trafficking, violence, sexual harassment, etc. She then became the attorney general of California in 2010 and showed her political independence. She was the first female and African American to hold the post.  

Harris wrote a book called “Smart on Crime” which addressed the problems of convicted criminals reoffending.  

She has proven her devotion for fighting against racism, supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and more. Vice President Kamala Harris wore purple to the Inauguration to honor women’s suffrage and to symbolize that the Democrats and Republicans should come together as purple is a color that is formed by mixing red and blue which are the colors of the parties. 

Kamala Harris being the first female and person of color to hold the position of Vice President is very inspiring to woman and other people of color. Mr. Marianno, currently a US Government teacher who also has background in teaching History, said “her presence in that position, like Barack Obama’s presidency shows that people of any color really can strive and attain these levels of achievement. They also help show a light on the reactionary force of white supremacy that have popped out the woodwork to maintain their unearned yet inherited sense of entitlement and privilege”.  

Works Cited 

“Kamala Harris.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 20 Jan. 2021, www.britannica.com/biography/Kamala-Harris. 

Ott, Tim. “Kamala Harris.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 20 Jan. 2021, www.biography.com/political-figure/kamala-harris.