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On November 7, 2020 history was made when a woman was elected vice president of the United States. This historic moment comes on the heels of the appointment of the fifth woman to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Amy Coney Barrett. In 1789, the first Vice President was a man, followed by 47 more men. That homogenous representation has now ended. The 48th will be a woman: U.S. Senator and Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris.
A California native, Harris attended UC Hastings College of the Law. Following law school, she worked as a deputy district attorney and eventually became the first female District Attorney in San Francisco’s history, and the first African American and South Asian American women in California to hold that office. In 2010, she was elected California Attorney General, becoming the first woman and first African American in that role. In 2016, she was elected to the U.S. Senate becoming the second African American woman and first South Asian American senator in U.S. history.
With this list of accomplishments, it makes sense that Harris burst through the glass ceiling to be the first female vice president in the White House. No matter what your age, race, ethnicity, political persuasion, witnessing a woman elected as second-in-command in the White House is extraordinary and inspirational.
Harris has been inspiring Lawyers Club since 2008 when she was a speaker at a luncheon and 2011 when she was the keynote speaker at our annual dinner. We congratulate Harris for her remarkable milestone and historic achievement.
Yahairah Aristy is a Deputy Public Defender, and is the 2020-2021 president of Lawyers Club of San Diego.