Kamala Harris is the first woman – and the first woman of colour – to be elected as vice president of the United States of America.
Joe Biden’s presidency kicked off with a major boost for women and women of colour in US politics. In her acceptance speech, Harris paid tribute to Black women’s role in the fight for equality and civil rights. She also promised, “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.”
Harris is joined by other women recruited in Biden and Harris’s overhaul of the White House. An all-female senior communications team includes former Obama White House communications director Jen Psaki as press secretary.
In a statement, Harris described them as an “experienced, talented, and barrier-shattering team… [They] express our commitment to building a White House that reflects the very best of our nation”.