Woman of the Day: Kamala Harris (1964-Present)
In 2021, Kamala Harris made history when she became vice president of the United States as the first woman, the first African American person, and the first Asian American to hold the nation’s second-highest office. Harris grew up during the 1960s civil rights era and was inspired by civil rights activist Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. It’s only right that Harris chose a career as a lawyer. She began her law career as a law clerk. As a lawyer, she specialized in prosecuting child sexual assault cases, and as California’s attorney general fought for foreclosure settlements and against predatory for-profit education before being elected attorney general of California in 2010. Harris ran for the Senate in 2016 and was the first Indian American and only the second Black woman to be elected to the Senate, according to the U.S. Senate’s article on African American senators. In 2019 she ran for the Democratic Party nomination for president and, after dropping out, was picked as Joe Biden’s running mate. They went on to win the election in November 2020, making Harris the highest-ranking elected female official in U.S. history.