California’s Kamala Harris made history at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, becoming the first woman of color on a major party ticket.
Her coronation as Joe Biden’s running mate represents a major milestone for women in politics. Of course, the moment also comes just four years after Hillary Clinton became the first woman nominated for president by a major political party.
Much of the DNC’s virtual programming has been aimed at women and young voters, including appearances from pop star Billie Eilish, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who celebrated women’s suffrage in her remarks.
Christine Pelosi, Nancy’s daughter, is longtime chair of the Women’s Caucus of the California Democratic Party and a member of the Democratic National Committee.
For her, Harris’ ascension to the Democratic ticket carries great significance.
"She’s known Kamala since she was born, so we’re very, very excited to see Kamala make history. Also, to see the things that she said," Pelosi said. "To hear her talk about her mother. To hear her talk about it’s not just how we feel, but the work that we do that defines us as Americans, that defines us as people."
Harris’ speech also referenced the Oakland native’s strong family ties, celebrating the diversity and culture of her upbringing.
Pelosi believes it’s a breakthrough moment for a new group of political leaders.
"You see that with Joe Biden picking Kamala Harris, someone of a different generation than he. Someone who sees things in a different way than he does, when it comes to the issues. That diversity is something that we honor, that we see as a strength and not as a weakness."