Boston Researcher: Kamala Harris As VP-Elect Is "Watershed" Moment

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — As the president-elect transition team takes shape, one Boston researcher said the administration is making political history.

Amanda Hunter, the Research Director at the Barbara Lee Foundation spoke to WBZ's Laurie Kirby about the nomination of Senator Kamala Harris as Vice President-Elect, as Harris is the first woman and woman of color in her position.

"This is a historic and precedent-setting election," Hunter said. "And it really shows the world that women are electable in America, and Black women are electable."

According to their website, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation works to advance the roles of women in American politics and contemporary art.

"Our work in both our program areas is guided by our core belief that women’s voices strengthen our democracy and enrich our culture," the website reads.

Along with Harris' role as Vice President, nearly half of the people on the Biden-Harris transition team are people of color, and women make up the majority. Hunter said the current moment in politics will allow future generations to see themselves represented in executive office.

"You can't be what you can't see, and now millions of women and girls are now going to be able to see themselves," Hunter said. "Not just here in America, but around the world."

It will also be the first time an American Vice President-Elect has had a male spouse, as Harris' husband Doug Emhoff will leave his duties at DLA Piper as Second Gentleman.

WBZ NewsRadio's Laurie Kirby (@LaurieWBZ) reports.

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