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Kamala Harris isn’t as feminist as you think

Her record as California’s attorney general was mixed at best

By Charlotte Colombo  
Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice-president of the United States on 20th January 2021, Liu Jie/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice-president of the United States on 20th January 2021, Liu Jie/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

“We did it. We did it, Joe.”

Kamala Harris uttered those seven words on 7th November, five days after US voters cast their ballots in one of the most tense elections the country has ever seen. Harris was right to say to Joe Biden that “We” did it: she was arguably just as influential in the Democratic campaign as he was himself. Harris, of mixed African American and Indian American heritage, was the first woman of colour on a presidential ticket. Perhaps as a consequence, 91 per cent of black women and 70 per cent of Latina women…

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