Kamala Devi Harris who was picked by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as his running mate, who is the first woman Black Indian-American Vice President to hold the Senate. She is also known as “Female Obama.”
Months before she was handpicked by Joe, Ms. Harris dropped down her own presidential dreams of saying she lacked the financial resources to continue her campaign.
Ms. Harris is known for her many firsts she has been a County District Attorney, the District Attorney for San-Francisco, the first woman and first African-American and Indian-origin to be elected to the position. She now has several firsts in her role as Vice President also: the first woman, the first African-American woman, the first Indian-American and the first Asian-American.
She was known as “female Obama” during the presidential time of Obama. The name was given to her by journalist Gwen Ifill about a decade ago. After that she was called “a young, female version of the president” in a TV show. Also she is considered to be close to Obama who was the First Black American president as he endorsed Ms. Harris in various elections.
She was born to immigrant parents: a Black father (from Jamaica) and an Indian mother (from Chennai). But she defines herself simply as ‘American.’ She says that- “my Hindu mother single handedly grew me & Maya (My sister) as Black daughters and adopted the culture to immerse us into that. My mother knew that the world will look at us as black girls and she wanted us to grow confident and proud Black Woman.” She wrote all this in her autobiography The Truths We Hold.
Her mother told her growing up, “Don’t sit around and complain about things, do something,” which is what drives her every single day, according to the Biden-Harris joint campaign website.
“The first Black and Indian-American woman to represent California in the United States Senate, Kamala Harris grew up believing in the promise of America and fighting to make sure that promise is fulfilled for all Americans,” she says.
She attended college in the U.S., spending four years at Howard University, which she has described as among the most formative experiences of her life. After which she went on to take law degree at the University of California and began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. She became the top prosecutor for San Francisco in 2003, before being elected the first woman and the first black person to serve as California’s attorney general in 2010, the top lawyer in America’s most populous state. She was elected as California’s junior US senator in 2017.
President (elect) Joe Biden has said that “he would be honored to be serving with Ms. Harris, who will make history as the first woman, first Black woman, first woman of South Asian descent, and first daughter of immigrants ever elected to national office in this country.”
In her victory speech, she said that while she may be the 1st woman to occupy the Vice President’s Office, she would not be the last.