WASHINGTON (AP) – For more than two centuries, the highest ranks of American power have been dominated by men – almost all white. It ends Wednesday.
Kamala Harris will become the first female vice president – and the first black woman and person of South Asian descent to hold the post.
Its rise is historic in any setting, another time when a stubborn border will crumble, expanding the idea of what is possible in American politics. But it’s especially significant because Harris will take office at a time of profound consequences, with Americans grappling with the role of institutional racism and facing a pandemic that has disproportionately devastated black and brown communities.
Those close to Harris say she will bring an important – and often missing – perspective to debates about how to overcome the many obstacles the new administration faces.
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