Quick Facts: The Unstoppable Rise Of Kamala Harris; First Woman And First Woman Of Color Elected Vice President Of The United States

By Duchess Magazine

In an historic win forever changing the face of world politics Kamala Harris on Saturday made history as the first female, first Black and first South Asian U.S. Vice president-elect

It’s been a long journey for the Californian senator since announcing her entry into the 2020 presidential race on January 21, 2019 to becoming Vice President elect of the United States.

Flashback at the barrier breaking black girl magic’s success story;

Kamala Harris Vice President elect of the United States

Kamala Devi Harris, Californian politician is set to make history as the first woman of color to become U.S. Vice President, but make no mistake, this isn’t the first time, the 56 year old trailblazer is shattering glass ceilings.

A woman of many firsts:
Upon being sworn in as a Democratic senator from California in 2017, she became only the second African-American woman to serve in the Senate, as well as the first-ever person of South Asian descent to serve.

Harris also makes history as the first woman elected as District Attorney of San Francisco and the first woman, the first African-American, and the first person of South Asian descent to become Attorney General of California.

She was born on October 20, 1964 in Oakland to two driven immigrants, Indian, Shyamala Gopalan, a cancer researcher at Berkeley, a strong fearless woman who played a great role in molding her daughter and Jamaican native, prominent Economist Donald Harris. Both were active advocates in the civil Rights movement.

Donald Harris; Kamala Harris' father

Shyamala Gopalan: Kamala Harris' mum

Harris’ parents divorced when she was seven. She and her sister spent most of their time with their mother in an apartment in the flatlands area of Berkeley. The senator was influenced by multicultural backgrounds; a strong Indian culture and the black community.

A young Kamala HarrisKamala Harris’ education;

Howard University, B.A. political science and economics, 1986; University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1989. As an undergraduate she was a vocal voice protesting against apartheid and calling for divestment.

 Young Kamala Harris

As a prosecutor she was noted for standing up for women and children and the vulnerable.

She served as Deputy District Attorney Alameda County, California. 1990- 1998

2004-2011 – District attorney of San Francisco.

2011-2016 – Attorney general of California

January 3, 2017- present – Serves in the US Senate.

Joe Biden and Kamala HarrisNovember 7 – Elected Madam Vice President elect.

Photo credit: Kamala Harris

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