Early Life Of Kamala Harris: First Indian-American Women To Become The Vice President Of US

Kamala Harris Historic Win!

Kamala Devi Harris is the 49th Vice President of the United States under President Joe Biden’s Democratic presidency. She became the vice president with President Joe Biden, beating the former president Donald Trump, and vice president, Mike Pence, in the 2020 election. She is the first female vice president in the United States and the first African-American and first Indian-American vice president of the US.

Early Life Of Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris is the daughter of an Indian mother and an African-American father. She was born in 1964 in Oakland, California, to parents who raised her in a civil rights activist group. Kamala Harris said that she was told from the early days of her youth that the path to social justice is long and complicated.

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Kamala obtained a degree in law from Hastings College after studying political science and economics at Howard University. She afterward continued to work in Oakland as a district attorney lawyer, acclaimed for tensile strength as she prosecuted gang violence, drug trafficking, and sexual abuse cases. Harris rose to prominence and, in 2004, became district attorney.

In 2003, before even being appointed the first woman and the first black person to operate as the attorney general of California in 2010, she became the chief prosecutor for San Francisco.

The National Black Prosecutors’ Association awarded the Thurgood Marshall Award to Harris in 2005. In a Newsweek article highlighting ’20 of America’s Most Influential Women,’ she was mentioned alongside 19 other women that year.

She was elected for California Attorney General in 2010 and ended up becoming the first female and the first African American to hold the position. In 2015, Harris announced her candidacy, and she advocated for immigration and criminal justice changes, minimum wage increases, and the defense of women’s reproductive rights on the campaign trail. 

A report in the New York Times in 2008 described her as a woman with the opportunity to become US president, emphasizing her credibility as a tough warrior. Time named Kamala Harris as among the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2013. In 2016, alongside Senator Tim Scott, the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center awarded Kamala Harris the Bipartisan Justice Award.

Harris became the first African American to serve in the United States Senate and therefore the second Black female when she entered office in January 2017. Among other assignments, she continued working on both the Special Committee on Intelligence as well as the Judiciary Committee.

Victory Speech

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Kamala Harris told about her mother and the generations of women of all colors who led the way for this opportunity in her victory speech. She also spoke on the campaign trail about how her liberal parents would drive her on civil rights protests.

Although she failed to draw the attention of women and Black voters she had hoped that during her democratic bid she would attract them with her narrative, she managed to make a concerted attempt as the running mate of Mr. Biden to reach out to people of color, some of whom for the first time said they felt included in national politics.

Most of the people have observed and squirmed from the continuing racial and sexual assaults by conservatives. President Trump has failed to properly pronounce her name and refused to pronounce it correctly.

Senator Cory Booker, a colleague, and acquaintance of Ms. Harris’s who has known her for decades said in an interview that in a society that has not always welcomed a barrier-breaking Black woman, part of her guardianship was a means of self-protection.

Kriti Mehta
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