Women have for long been denied a seat at the table but as efforts to increase diversity and inclusion at the workplace have intensified over the years many women have risen to high levels of decision making. Today America has not only invited a woman to the party, but Kamala Harris has also been asked to dance. She becomes the first and only black woman to be elected Vice President of the free world. With America taking this bold step, hopefully, many more countries will learn from this and emulate the example of the world’s oldest democracy.

Alissa Brotman O’Neill said “Women must not only have a seat at the table but be heard, respected and have a seat at the head of the table”

But who is Kamala Harris?

Kamala Harris born October 20, 1964) is an American politician and attorney who is the Vice President-elect of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, she will assume office on January 20, 2021, alongside President-elect (and former-Vice President) Joe Biden, having defeated incumbent President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the 2020 presidential election. Harris has served as the junior United States senator from California since 2017.

Born in Oakland, California, Harris graduated from Howard University and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law She began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, before being recruited to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and later the City Attorney of San Francisco’s office. In 2003, she was elected district attorney of San Francisco. She was elected attorney general of California in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

She defeated Loretta Sanchez in the 2016 Senate election to become the second African American woman and the first South Asian American to serve in the United States Senate.As a senator, she has advocated for healthcare reform, federal descheduling of cannabis, a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, the DREAM Act, a ban on assault weapons, and progressive tax reform. She gained a national profile for her pointed questioning of Trump administration officials during Senate hearings, including Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault.[

Harris ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination and attracted national attention before ending her campaign on December 3, 2019.She was announced as former vice president Joe Biden’s running mate in the 2020 election on August 11, 2020. On November 7, 2020, the race was called in favor of the Biden-Harris ticket. She will be the second Vice President of significant non-European ancestry, following Charles Curtis. She will also be the first African American, the first Asian American, and the first female Vice President in U.S. history.