“We did it, Joe. You’re going to be the next president of the United States.” So said Kamala Harris when she rang Democrat President Elect Joe Biden in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Kamala Harris has just made history in America for several reasons, all of them impressive and exciting for the future of women political figures in the U.S.

Kamala Harris updated her Twitter account to include: ‘Vice President-Elect of the United States, Senator, Wife, Momala, Auntie. Fighting for the people. She/Her’.

Add to this ‘the first Black and the first South Asian’. Her parents were both immigrants, her mother a breast-cancer scientist from India.

After 45 administrations and 231 years, a woman of colour will finally enter the White House as Vice-President on a Biden/Harris ticket.

Harris campaigned about what she called ‘the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started’.

Kamala Harris has a most prestigious record, spending 26 years in the criminal justice system as a prosecutor, including as district attorney in San Francisco and was elected to the Senate in 2016. She broke numerous firsts both legally and politically.

In a gracious acknowledgement of the women who have gone before her in the gender battle to break through the glass ceiling of politics, Harris said ‘I am here tonight as a testament to the dedication of generations before me. Women and men who believed so fiercely in the promise of equality, liberty and justice for all’.

Ref: The Age 2020

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