Features Issue 6 Magazine

Kamala Harris, A Woman of Many Firsts

By Katelyn To

Graphic By Zeyada Negasi

On January 20, 2021, Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice President of the United States. She simultaneously became the first woman, person of color, Black person, and Asian-American to ever become Vice President in US history. Just 101 years after the 19th amendment was ratified, granting women the right to vote, we now can see a woman take her spot in office as the second-highest executive branch officer. 

“I was thrilled that he [Joe Biden] chose a woman as his running mate,” said Mrs. Harvey, Las Lomas US History teacher. “I think it’s really important for girls and women to see somebody like them in a position of power. When you only see men in positions of power, it’s hard as a female to even picture what that might look like for you.” Senior Chihiro Mesta also found significance in this moment and said, “It shows how far America has come as far as women running for high positions in office.” 

Despite being “pro-Trump and pro-Pence,” Senior Dani Luna said, “I think it brings a lot of people like me comfort and people of my own community comfort. It shows that South Asians and women are capable of doing great things. I think she symbolizes that great potential that we as South Asians, and that we as women have.” 

In reference to political power, Harvey also said, “I do think that when you have a woman and a person of color in power like that, that will impact the type of policies that they support, and that they want passed. I would imagine that she would help support policies that would benefit women and people of color, where I don’t think that’s always been the case [with other vice presidents].”

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