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Harris leads record wave of elected women in US politics

Kamala Harris will notch a slew of firsts when she is sworn in on January 20.
Kamala Harris will notch a slew of firsts when she is sworn in on January 20.

US: With Kamala Harris poised to become the first female Vice President of the United States, and with a record number of women elected to Congress -- including more Republicans than ever -- considerable history will be made when they all take office in January.

The 56-year-old Harris, a senator, former prosecutor and the running mate of President-elect Joe Biden, will notch a slew of firsts when she is sworn in on January 20: as the first US female Vice President and the first Black in that position, as well as the first person of South Asian descent.

“Together, we showed little girls across the country what’s possible,” she said Friday on Twitter.

While some results of the November 3 election are not yet final, at least 140 women will take seats in Congress when it returns on January 3, according to CAWP.

There are currently 127 women in Congress, or 23.7 percent of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives and the 100 in the Senate.

While that percentage will rise to 26 percent in January, women still have far to go -- they represent half the US population.

Democratic women will claim 105 seats in Congress (89 in the House and 16 in the Senate).

Republican women, for their part, will occupy 35 seats (27 in the House and eight in the Senate) -- considerably fewer than their Democratic counterparts but still a big increase from the current 22. - AFP