Kamala Harris, the first female vice president, addresses a crowd.
Kamala Harris, the first female vice president, addresses a crowd.

Women’s History Month: Kamala Harris

March 10, 2021

March is Women’s History Month. This month, we at Tiger Eye News are giving historically famous and influential women a spotlight in our paper. Our first spotlight is the first female vice president, Kamala Harris.

Young Kamala, along with her mother Shyamala

Kamala Harris was born in Oakland California to parents Donald Harris and Shyamala Gopalan Harris. Kamala, along with her younger sister Maya, were primarily raised by their mother who was a biomedical scientist, specializing in studying breast cancer. From a young age, Shyamala instilled her daughters with a strong sense of independence and justice.

Kamala majored in political science and economics at Howard University. She earned her Bachelor or Arts degree before moving to Hastings College, where she earned her degree in law.

Kamala spent many years as deputy district attorney in Oakland, before climbing the ranks to become district attorney. She went on to become the attorney general of California. In 2015, she began her campaign to take a seat in the U.S. Senate that was formerly held by Barbra Boxer. She won the vote and took her spot in the Senate in 2016.

Kamala ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Initially, her campaign garnered support, but she quickly fell behind in the race and eventually dropped out. Once it became clear that Joe Biden would be the Democratic nominee, Kamala was chosen to be his running mate. After Joe Biden won the 2020 election, Kamala became both the first female, as well as the first African American and Asian American vice president of the United States.

No matter your political affiliation, Kamala’s achievements should be acknowledged and celebrated as a victory for many minorities. This is why we at Tiger Eye News have chosen her to be our first spotlight of Women’s History Month.

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