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Women's History Month Spotlight - Kamala HarrisKamala Harris was elected Vice President of the United States in 2020, becoming the first woman elected to the office. A daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, Harris also made history as the first African American person and the first South Asian American person to be elected Vice President. 

Before becoming Vice President, Harris represented California in the U.S. Senate. She had earlier served as California’s attorney general —the state’s chief law officer - and, prior to that role, Harris was the district attorney of San Francisco, California.

Kamala Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California. Harris' mother, Shyamala, emigrated from India to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where she met Harris' Jamaican-born father, Donald. Shyamala carved out a career as a renowned breast-cancer researcher, while Donald became a Stanford University economics professor. At age 12 Harris moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada and attended high school there. Harris earned a B.A. in political science and economics from Howard University and a J.D from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Vice President Kamala Harris: Glass Ceiling Breaker  February 4, 2021 this portrait of Kamala Harris was unveiled in front of the Lincoln Memorial celebrating Harris as America's first woman vice president. "The one-of-a-kind broken glass medium used by the artist Simon Berger to create the portrait uniquely embodies Harris’ glass-shattering achievement."

Harris' First Speech as VP-Elect

Books at the SJR State Library

Online Resources

Kamala Harris - The Vice President  Official White House page

Kamala Harris's biography by the National Women's History Museum

Kamala Harris' Person of the Year Interview December 20, 2020, Time

Kamala Harris on Twitter @KamalaHarris and @VP