Monday, May 10, 2021

Kamala Harris makes history

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Hello, Broadsheet readers! Judge Amy Coney Barrett hears big oil case despite ties to Shell, the Greek president thanks an Olympian for speaking out against abuse, and it’s inauguration day in the U.S. on a historic Wednesday.

– First, not last. Today is inauguration day, the day Joe Biden goes from president-elect to simply the former president of the United States – and the day Kamala Harris officially becomes the first-ever vice president of the United States. country.

For those of you watching the grand opening of your home, Claire had a good recap yesterday of some of the women who will be featured in today’s events. For a broader overview of the day, check out this FAQs on the festivities, which are scheduled to begin around 11 a.m. ET.

With everything going on in the country (and the world), it’s easy to lose sight of how historic this is for the United States. The United States is approaching its 250th anniversary. That’s almost two and a half centuries of men holding the two most powerful jobs in the country. For Harris, a South Asian-American black woman, finally breaking that trend and becoming the highest woman in U.S. government history is something worth celebrating at a time when very little seems to cross that path. closed off. So far this celebration looks like everything from well done in the Indian village of Thulasendrapuram, who claims Harris as a descendant; to women across the United States string beads today just like Harris during his most publicized political moments.

At this point, it’s impossible to know what forces will ultimately shape and define Harris’ time in the post, but one thing we can be sure of is that his role as the decisive vote in the Senate will be critical, especially given from the massive list. legislative priorities that the Biden-Harris administration has already set.

Emma has a new room for Fortune this morning, which examines how Harris’ decisive vote fits into the history of the Senate’s 50-50 divisions and examines ways in which accountability can impact the role it plays in administration. (For example, it’s likely his trip will be cut short during times when big votes are expected on Capitol Hill.) in full here.

Today will be a busy day. We all have a lot to do – and so does the country. But I hope you find a moment to appreciate this important milestone and to reflect on what it foreshadows. Like Harris said on election day: “Although I may be the first woman to hold this position. I won’t be the last, because all the little girls watching tonight see that this is a land of possibilities.

Kristen bellstrom
kristen.bellstrom@fortune.com
@kayelbee

Today’s Broadsheet was organized by Emma Hinchliffe.



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