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Inauguration Day 2021: ​Kamala Harris Becomes America's First Female Vice-President

Inauguration Day 2021: ​Kamala Harris Becomes America's First Female Vice-President

January 20th 2021 marks a historic moment in US politics as Donald Trump hands the reins to President-Elect Joe Biden to become the 46th President of the United States.

It is also a historic day for women, as his running mate Kamala Harris has just been sworn in as the first female Vice-President ever.

The inauguration takes place on 20th January (Credit: PA Images)
The inauguration takes place on 20th January (Credit: PA Images)

Harris' move to high office makes her the first ever woman to take up the coveted role, as well as the first person of colour in the position since 1929.

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The momentous event happened when both Biden and Harris are sworn into office.

The event saw Mr Biden deliver his inaugural address to set out his vision for his term as president.

The President and Vice-President will be sworn in on the 20th (Credit: PA Images)
The President and Vice-President will be sworn in on the 20th (Credit: PA Images)

It's a particularly muted ceremony for the 2021 inauguration - the crowds at Washington were kept small due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, which has seen 402,000 Americans die from the disease.

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Instead, civilians were advised to watch the ceremony from home in a number of special broadcasts.

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While she may be making history as the first female Vice-President, Harris, 56, is keen to be the first of many.

"I always say this: I may be the first to do many things - make sure I'm not the last," she told Vogue magazine.

Kamala says she won't be the last female VP of colour (Credit: PA Images)
Kamala says she won't be the last female VP of colour (Credit: PA Images)
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"I was thinking of my baby nieces, who will only know one world where a woman is vice president of the United States, a woman of colour, a Black woman, a woman with parents who were born outside of the United States."

The former Attorney General added that she was aware of the difficulty of what lies ahead.

"This will be an inaugural like no other, in large part because of COVID," she told CBS News.

"But we are gonna get sworn in. And we're gonna do the job we were hired to do. And that means focusing, for example, on getting people vaccinated. We want to get 100 million done in the first 100 days. It's gonna be very tough to do it. We're gonna reopen the schools in a safe way. We have to get to the job of healing America."

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: News, USA

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Kimberley Bond

Kim is a journalist at Tyla, and has previously worked at the Evening Standard, Radio Times as well as several national newspapers. A showbiz obsessive and a television fanatic, Kim is particularly interested in celebrity gossip, A-list events and the latest releases on either the big or small screen. Contact her at [email protected]