Kamala Harris is a first – and 'won't be the Last'

Hi readers! We are back from a short break, as we were in the middle of covering a historic election. From unprecedented LGBTQ representation to a record number of GOP women elected to the House, the election generated many wins for communities on both sides of the aisle.

But there's a first that we felt deeply.

She's the first woman vice president-elect. She is the first Black woman and the first South Asian woman vice president-elect. She's the first vice president-elect to have graduated from a historically Black university. She is Kamala Harris.

We are Fatima Farha and Kaanita Iyer, writing this week’s "This Is America," a newsletter centered around race, identity and the ways they shape our lives.

Harris’ win is a groundbreaking moment for our country. But before shattering one of the highest glass-ceilings on Saturday, Harris had already made history. She was also the first woman of color — daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father — on a presidential ticket for a major party, and to serve as attorney general of California and district attorney of San Francisco.

Fatima-Tul FarhaKaanita Iyer USA TODAY 


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