Senator Kamala Harris, dubbed the “female Obama,” made history when she became the first woman, first black-raced, and first Indian-American to serve as Vice President of the United States. Kamala Harris, full name Kamala Devi Harris, is the 49th vice president of the United States in President Joe Biden’s administration.
Her father, a Jamaican professor at Stanford University, was a cancer researcher, as was her mother, the daughter of an Indian ambassador. Kamala obtained a law degree from Hastings College in 1989 after studying political science and economics at Howard University (B.A., 1986).
She went on to work as a deputy district attorney in Oakland from 1990 to 1998, where she earned a reputation for severity in prosecuting gang violence, drug trafficking, and sexual abuse cases.
Harris worked her way up the ranks to become the district attorney in 2004. She was elected Attorney General of California by a razor-thin margin of less than 1% in 2010, making her the first female and the first African American to hold the position.
Harris was the third woman to be selected as the vice president on a major party ticket when Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden chose her as his running mate in August last year, recognising the critical role Black voters may play in his determined attempt to defeat Donald Trump. Sarah Palin, then-Governor of Alaska, and Geraldine Ferraro, then-Representative of New York, were the other two women honoured in 2008.
Kamala has dedicated her life to the struggle against inequity. Her mother, Shyamala, an Indian-American immigrant, activist, and breast cancer researcher, was the one who originally motivated her,” according to her website.
For the past six years, Harris has been married to attorney Douglas Emhoff. Ella and Cole, her stepchildren, are an “endless source of love and pure delight,” according to her.
Biden said he’d be honoured to serve with Harris, who will “create history as the first woman, first Black woman, the first woman of South Asian ancestry, and first daughter of immigrants ever elected to the post of Vice President of America.