Kamala Harris etched her place in history as the first woman, African American, and graduate of a historically Black college to be elected vice president of the United States. Some Oklahoma State University students view her election as an overdue milestone welcoming more possibilities of how American leadership can look.
Sen. Harris has a record of being the first. In addition to her recent success, she is the first woman and Black person to serve as district attorney of San Francisco, the first woman and person of color to be California’s attorney general, the first Black senator from California, and the first person of South Asian descent to serve in the U.S. Senate.
Construction Engineering Technology freshman Alejandra Lozano said seeing Harris assume the second highest office in the country is an encouragement to women, especially women of color, to aspire to their full potential.
“It shows our country is moving more toward inclusion,” Lozano said. “To show the world that we can have diversity in politics and diversity on the world stage, showing that yes, we are diverse and that’s what makes our country great.”
One hundred years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote and before the 2020 election, a female vice president was only in theory. Veterinary Senior Laura Edwards said it is a long time coming but is still inspiring to have a woman be vice president.
“For us (the general public) to see this woman that has come so far and whose parents have come so far and to actually be accepted as the vice president is just so exciting,” Edwards said.
Edwards said electing a woman of color in the nation’s second-highest office is not only a gratifying moment for women but for all Americans. However, she says she worries this progression will have backlash during the next election because not everything is going to be solved in four years.