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After days of anticipation, the American people received an answer on the morning of Nov. 7 as to who will lead their country over the next four years — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

As the victors got straight to work, American communities and people around the world took a moment to celebrate democracy.

Not only did the election feature a record-high voter turnout, with both candidates receiving the most votes ever for their respective parties, but it also made history through the election of Harris, who broke the glass ceiling in more than one way.

Following a line of 48 men, Harris became the first woman, first Black person, and first South Asian to be elected vice president in American history.

The election of Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, marks a monumental step forward for gender equality and female empowerment — two goals that are essential in the fight against poverty. When women are equally represented in government and positions of leadership, they have the chance to support policies that put girls on a level playing field and benefit the entire community.

Harris recognized the significance of the moment when she appeared on Saturday night in a white suit — a nod to suffragettes, 100 years after women were granted the right to vote — to deliver her first speech as vice president-elect.

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” Harris said. “Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”

Here are some of powerful social media responses to Harris’ election and what it means for women and girls everywhere.

1. This collage of America's past vice presidents next to 2020's vice president

2. Bria Coeller's artwork of Harris and the silhouette of Ruby Bridges

3. These girls watching the first female vice president-elect speak to the country

4. This little girl's uncontainable excitement

5. Halle Berry's praise for Harris' white suit and song choice

6. A congratulations from Harris' college sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha

7. Elizabeth Warren's celebratory message about what Harris' election means for girls around the world

8. Indian politician Priyanka Chaturvedi's spotlight on Harris' dance moves

9. Executive Director of UN Women acknowledging the importance of this moment for women of color

10. And last but not least, a word from Harris' proud husband.


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