Updated: Nov 25, 2020
On November 7th Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made history with their triumph over Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the 2020 presidential election. There’s been a collective sigh of relief and I’m sure we’ll continue to celebrate through the January inauguration. We’re already familiar with President-elect Joe Biden, but you may not know so much about our first female, Black, South-Asian Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris. Continue reading to get familiar.
1. Harris was married in 2014 to entertainment lawyer Douglas Emhoff, and is stepmother to his two children from a previous marriage. Her stepchildren lovingly refer to her as “Momala.”
2. It’s no coincidence that Harris has broken barriers; she comes from a progressive Indian family on her maternal side. Kamala’s mother, Shyamala, was a groundbreaking cancer researcher. At just 19 years-old Shyamala left India by herself to attend graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. With the support of their parents, each of Shyamala’s younger siblings led untraditional lives as well.
3. This isn’t her first dramatic election win. In 2010 Harris ran for attorney general in California against Steve Cooley. Her opponent made a victory speech on election night but when the total number of ballots were counted three weeks later, it turned out Harris had won by a tiny margin.
4. Many people questioned her career path when she decided to become a prosecutor, including her parents. She remained adamant that she wanted to affect change from the inside out. Harris saw her role as being part of a bigger picture.
5. Harris loves to cook and saves recipes from The New York Times. Watch her whip up bacon-fried apples here!