The 100 Most Influential People of 2021
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By Nancy Pelosi
September 15, 2021 7:15 AM EDT

When Kamala Harris became Vice President, America took a glorious step into the future. Children in America were awakened to new possibilities. People around the world saw America in a new light. There was joy in the air, not just because Kamala Harris was the first woman and first Black person and first Asian person to become Vice President, but because the country saw what Joe Biden knew: that Kamala Harris was the best.

I have known the Vice President for a long time. We are Californians with a common motivation: family. The Vice President’s mother raised her two daughters as she worked as a scientist to cure breast cancer. Her mother’s self-determination drives the Vice President’s work—whether that is providing tangible relief to families, lifting up women in the workforce or defending the right to vote. The Vice President wants everyone to have the opportunity to determine their future.

In becoming Vice President, Kamala Harris made history, and now she is making progress for the people.

Pelosi, a Democrat, is the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

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