Let's Reflect on All the Barrier-Breaking Women Kamala Harris Has Sworn Into Office So Far
Vice President Kamala Harris knows what it's like to break barriers as a woman in politics. She's the first woman to serve as vice president of the United States, not to mention the first Black and South Asian American woman to hold the office. As part of her official duties, Harris now has the chance to swear other accomplished women into positions of power throughout the Biden administration. The vice president often reflects on what her mother told her about shattering glass ceilings: "You may be the first, but make sure you're not the last." As Women's History Month comes to a close, these swearing-in ceremonies are a clear and powerful illustration of how that advice can pay dividends for generations of women to come.
Vice President Harris is prioritizing the future of women in this country, which means celebrating and elevating women who take office — from Janet Yellen, the first woman to become secretary of the Treasury, to Deb Haaland, the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary. In her Women's History Month address on March 31, Harris emphasized the importance of securing a bright future for women. "Women make the world work, and in this future, the world will work for women," she said. "And when it does, we will all be safer, stronger, and more prosperous." Scroll through the photos ahead, and join us in reflecting on the influential women who've been sworn in by Harris since she became VP. May there be many more!