While sexism is still widespread in the modern world, it is important to look back and celebrate how far we have come. This March, one of the major milestones to celebrate is having a woman in the White House. For over 200 years, since George Washington took his oath of office in 1789, all of the presidents and vice presidents have been men. Finally, this past January, the first woman got sworn in to be vice president: Kamala Harris. She was the first Black American and South Asian American to hold this position as well.
Born in 1964, Harris spent her whole life in public service. She became the first woman to serve as San Francisco’s District Attorney in 2004. Then in 2010, she was elected as Attorney General of California. She represented California in the US Senate from 2007 to 2021. Finally, this January, Kamala Harris became vice president.
Harris is setting an example for young girls and women around the country, showing them that it is possible to be a strong, powerful woman in a world that seems to be so adamantly against it. As she herself said, “But while I may be the first woman in this office, I won’t be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”