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'I Won't Be The Last': Kamala Harris, First Woman Voted U.S. Vice President

'Dream with ambition. Lead with conviction.'
by Joel Guinto
Nov 8, 2020
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris takes the stage before President-elect Biden addresses the nation from the Chase Center Nov. 07, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. After four days of counting the high volume of mail-in ballots in key battleground states due to the coronavirus pandemic, the race was called for Biden after a contentious election battle against incumbent Republican President Donald Trump.
Photo/s: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/Agence France-Presse

Kamala Harris, the first woman elected vice president of the U.S., delivered her victory speech Saturday (Sunday) in Manila and told marginalized populations that she wouldn't be the last to climb out of society's glass ceiling.

Harris is also the first black person and first of South Asian descent to be within a heartbeat of the White House. She thanked President-elect Joe Biden: "What a testament it is to Joe's character that he had the audacity to break the most substantial barriers that exist in our country and select a woman as his vice president."

Recall that Biden served as vice president for eight years to Barack Obama, whose book was called The Audacity of Hope.

Here's an excerpt from Harris' victory speech.

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"While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities," she said.

"To the children of our country, regardless of your gender, this country has sent you a clear message. Dream with ambition, lead with convcition and see yourselves in a way that others may not, simply because they've never seen it before. But know that we will applaud you every step of the way," she said.

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