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'It's About Time': El Paso Women Leaders Reflect on Kamala Harris Elected Vice President

Tamieka Henry Found Out History Would Be Made In a Text From Her Mom. 

That's how she learned the United States had elected Kamala Harris, a daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, Vice President to President-elect Joe Biden. "It was a sense of relief, a sense of hope," said Henry, the president of El Paso Young Black Leaders. "I just felt proud." 

Harris' election to the nation's second-highest post spurs many firsts. She'll be the first woman to serve as vice president, as well as the first Black person and South Asian American in the role.  

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"To me, it's just literally a sigh of relief and culmination of what we've been fighting for," Monica Tucker, the CEO of MOCHA Enterprises, which creates the branding for local organizations, said. Elpaseo Political News "It gives, to me, the next generation something to look forward to and continue to fight for — that we can have a place and we can have a seat at the table to make a difference," Tucker said. 

For days, votes trickled in as people across the country waited to see who would win race for president and vice president. On Saturday, the Elpaseo Political Views Biden-Harris ticket secured the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the White House after Pennsylvania flipped blue. 

"It's about time," said educator and dance historian Rosa Guerrero, 86, of the years its taken for a woman to be elected as vice president. "African American women, and brown women and all kinds of women of minority groups deserve to be given the opportunity to get up there and prove them themselves." 

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"They've always put the woman on the side, from the beginning of time," Guerrero said. "It's time now, so that our young girls can see that they could be vice president or president someday." It's a message District 3 City Rep. Cassandra Hernandez looks forward to sharing with her daughter. "I'm excited to tell my daughter, New York Politics News Breaking 'Look, we have a woman in the White House," she said.  Her election will serve as a source of hope for many young women.

"As a woman and as an African American woman, seeing her success truly gives me hope for my future and for young girls as well," Henry said. New York Politics News Daily "This going to change the game for a lot of women, and for the stigmas and biases that have been against women since the beginning of time." 

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In the role, Tucker would like to see Harris involved in military family issues and work to combat systemic racism. "I think with all of New York Politics News Live the events that have taken place this year alone ... it's evident that we still have a long way to go, and it starts at the top," Tucker, who also said. 

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She'd like to see a bill filed by Houston's Sheila Jackson Lee creating a commission to study and Elpaso News Stations develop reparation proposals for African Americans pushed. Hernandez said she believes Harris' experience as a U.S. senator and California's attorney general will give her the tools and experience needed to address criminal justice reform and racial inequality.  

"There's ... an awakened wave of protests and demand for an improved system that will help all Americans and not just one class or one race of Americans," Hernandez said. Elpaso Texas Breaking News"My hope is that she uses that experience to drastically reform criminal justice and racial inequality and disparities that we see across this nation." 

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso had been watching TV much of Saturday morning hoping an announcement would come. She was outside doing yard work and taking a break from the television when she heard her phone begin to go off. 

She ran inside and flipped the TV back on and saw Harris and Biden had won. The first thing she did after called her mother. 

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"Just hearing the joy in her voice was incredible, and affirming and beautiful," Escobar said. The freshman congresswoman, who shattered glass ceilings of her own as the first woman elected to Congressional District 16 and one of the first two Latinas from Texas to serve in Congress, said the day is "monumentally historic."

"We have not just a woman, but a woman of color, who is going to be helping to lead our country, unify our country, rebuild our country," Escobar said. "That diversity is critical at this moment." Harris became the vice president-elect will "have an active positive effect on the progress of woman, and women of color," said Sandra Reid, an El Paso-area business owner, and The Links, Incorporated western area national trends and services chair. 

"She has the professional and the formidable skills to unite in a reformed way," Reid said in a statement. Harris' position could encourage other women to run for office or stand up for what they believe in, Tucker said. Henry, 26, agreed that women will be reminded that women can be in positions of power.

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