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November 7, 2020 - Kamala Harris is elected to be the first female vice president of the United States. In her victory speech, Harris declared that, "while I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last."
Publish Date: Feb 27, 2021
November 7, 2020 - Kamala Harris is elected to be the first female vice president of the United States along side President Joe Biden. That evening, in front of a parking lot full of honking cars in Wilmington, Delaware, Harris declared that, "while I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last." She thanked the Biden's as well as her late mother Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who believed deeply in an America where a woman such as her daughter could hold an office as high as the one she had just earned. Harris shattered one of America's strongest glass ceilings during one of the hardest years in the country's history, and inspired young girls across the world to follow in her footsteps.
We are so grateful to Joe and Jill for welcoming our family into theirs on this incredible journey and to the woman most responsible for my presence here today. My mother chamallow Gopalan Harris, who is always in our hearts, Uh, when she came here from India at the age of 19. She may be, um, didn't quite imagine this moment, but she believed so deeply and in America, where a moment like this is possible. And so I am thinking about her and about the generations of women black women, Asian, white Latina, Native American women who throughout our nation's history have paved the way for this moment tonight, women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all, including the black women who are often too often overlooked but so often prove they are the backbone of our democracy. All the women who have worked to secure and protect the right to vote for over a century. 100 years ago, with the 19th Amendment 55 years ago with the Voting Rights Act and now in 2020 with a new generation of women in our country who cast their ballots and continued the fight for their fundamental right to vote and be heard. Yeah, Tonight I reflect on their struggle, their determination and the strength of their vision to see what can be unburdened by what has been. And I stand on their shoulders and what a testament it is to Joe's character that he had the audacity to break one of the most substantial barriers that exist in our country and select a woman as his vice president. But while I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities and to the Children of our country. Regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message. Dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourselves in a way that others may not simply because they've never seen it before. But know that we will applaud you every step of the way.