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whyy.org: Harris becomes first Black woman, South Asian elected VP

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Kamala Harris made history Saturday as the first Black woman elected as vice president of the United States, shattering barriers that have kept men — almost all of them white — entrenched at the highest levels of American politics for more than two centuries.

As the highest-ranking woman ever elected in American government, her victory gives hope to women who were devastated by Hillary Clinton’s defeat four years ago.

They will be sworn in as president and vice president on Jan. 20.

“We’re not often taught their stories,” Harris said in August as she accepted her party’s vice presidential nomination.

“It’s high time that a woman gets to the highest levels of our government,” said Twyman, who is 35 and Black.

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