Kamala Harris: ‘While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last’

Vice president-elect Kamala Harris has told America’s voters that she might be the first woman to be elected to the role but she will not be the last.

Ms Harris was speaking in her first address to the nation since she and Joe Biden were declared the winners of the US presidential election.

Ms Harris, the first woman to be elected vice president, wore a white pantsuit in tribute to women’s suffrage.

She talked about her roots, saying that her mother arrived in the US from India at the age of 18, saying she “probably didn’t quite imagine this”.

“I am thinking about her… and I am thinking about the generations of women, black, white, Asian, Latina women, who throughout history have paved the way tonight,” she said.

Ms Harris spoke of the women who have “fought so much” and been the “backbone of our democracy”, adding: “Tonight I reflect on their struggle, their vision.”

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” she said. “Every little girl watching tonight sees this is a country of possibilities.”

She had started her speech with a tribute to the late Georgia congressman John Lewis, a civil rights leader, who said democracy is not a state but an act.

She said: “What he meant is America’s democracy is not guaranteed. It is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it.”

Mrs Harris said that at this election “the very soul of America was at stake” and the “world was watching”.

She continued: “I know times have been challenging the last few months… but you chose hope and unity, decency, science and yes, truth.”

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