Kamala Harris as a 'First Woman Vice President of USA Harris Has the Potential to Change the Face of U.S. Politics.

America will have its first female vice president, as well as its first Black and South Asian-American vice president. She will be second in line for the most powerful office in the world. Once the presidential election was called for Joe Biden on Saturday, social media-and streets-erupted with enthusiasm from people who were even more thrilled about hisrunning mate. These are Americans who now see new doors open for their daughters, their immigrant families, themselves. The symbolic importance of Harris' ascent in the centuries-long story ofAmerica is undeniable. But just as important is what she could mean in concrete terms for the country that just elected her. The vice presidency carries powers both formal and implicit, and a President Biden is expected to delegate a significant portfolio to the

former prosecutor and senator who sits beside him, giving her a chance to shape policy as well as that sense of political possibility. Politico Magazine invited a group of political observers, analysts, thinkers and cultural figures to project just why- and how-Harris is likely to change things for America in the job. Some of our experts highlighted her deep record on criminal justice reform, paired with her knowledge of how it affects Black communities; others pointed out that she arrives with a personal grasp of immigration dynamics that gives her a unique angle on one of the country's most contentiousissues.And in politics,symbolism can be substance: The very fact of a woman of color

occupying that office transforms the perception of donors, political kingmakers and the young women who will, someday, be on the ticket themselves. Their responses are below. 'She will be a perpetual reminder not to neglect the forgotten base' Tera W. Hunter is a professor of history and African-American studies at Princeton University. When Vice President-elect Kamala Harris walks into Cabinet meetings and other important rooms, what will she bring with her as the second most powerful public voice in the nation? There is a long legacy of Black women being unwavering advocates for expanding democratic rights for all Americans, going back centuries-long before mainstream political institutions

embraced us. In 1948, Charlotta Bass, a newspaper publisher and editor from Harris' home state of California, had been a Republican for over 30 years. She left the party out ofsheer frustration at not being able to find support for a racially and gender-inclusive agenda and...

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