For for the first time in forever

Vice president-elect Kamala Harris would make history this election cycle


Saturday, November 7: Kamala Harris greets cheering crowd outside the Chase Center in Wilmington to deliver her acceptance speech as the anticipated vice president-elect. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik).

Cole Sitilides, Managing Editor of Design

On Saturday, November 7, Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Kamala Devi Harris declared victory in the U.S. presidential election. In the hours leading up to the announcement, most major news organizations called enough battleground states in Biden’s favor to put his running tally at 290 electoral votes, more than enough to win the presidency. Though incumbent president Trump has chosen not to concede and hopes to find a path to reelection, it is expected that the Biden Harris ticket will inhabit the Oval Office in January.

The end of Trump’s controversial term comes into view, and Biden’s win means Democrats are letting out a large proverbial exhale. Every presidential election, however, is not complete without the simultaneous election of a vice president.

Born to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, the 56-year-old daughter of immigrants, Senator Kamala Harris, is set to become the first woman elected to the White House.

This election took place just over a hundred years since the 19th amendment was passed and women gained the right to vote. Saturday evening, at her acceptance speech in Wilmington, Delaware, Kamala wore a white pantsuit, a color long-associated with the women’s suffrage movement. Underneath, a pussy-bow blouse, a subtle nod to U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s famous style of dress.

Harris made it clear that the achievement of being the first female elected to the vice presidency was not hers alone, but for women across the country.

“I stand on their shoulders,” Harris said, referencing the countless “women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all.”

A graduate of Howard University, one of America’s most prominent historically black colleges, Harris has led a trailblazing career in politics as a woman of firsts. In 2004, she was the first person of color to become District Attorney of San Francisco. In 2011, she became the first woman, first African American, and first South Asian American to be appointed Attorney General of California. In 2017, she became the second Black woman (after Carol Moseley Braun) to serve in the United States Senate. This year, she is expected to become the first Democrat from California to win on a national presidential ticket.

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” Harris said in Wilmington on Saturday. “Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”