Kamala Harris will honor her late mother Dr. Shyamala Gopalan when she is sworn into office on January 20.
In an interview with “Good Morning America” that aired Wednesday, co-host Robin Roberts asks the Vice President-elect what will be going through her mind on Inauguration Day.
In response, the senator said she will be thinking of her mom, a biomedical scientist who tragically passed away from cancer in 2009.
“I'll be thinking about my mother,” Harris said. “I’ll be thinking about all those girls and boys. You know, before the pandemic struck, fathers and the mothers that would bring them around and say, ‘You know, you can do anything.’
“I was raised by a mother who said to me all the time, ‘Kamala, you may be the first to do many things — make sure you’re not the last,’” she added. “That’s how I feel about this moment.”
Born in India, Shyamala emigrated to the U.S. and met her soon-to-be husband Donald J. Harris at the University of California, Berkeley. The couple shared two children, Kamala and her sister Maya, before divorcing in 1971.
Given that she will be the first female, as well as the first Black and Asian American VP, Harris also spoke about the importance of shattering gender stereotypes in society.
“We still have so much work to do to remind our children of every gender that they should not be confined by the limited perception that some might have of who they are and what they can be,” she said.
EXCLUSIVE: Kamala Harris to @robinroberts: “We still have so much work to do to remind our children of every gender that they should not be confined by the limited perception that some might have of who they are and what they can be.” https://t.co/lOB7BgMxFv pic.twitter.com/0jr1YhfHKD— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 16, 2020
On Monday, the Electoral College gave Harris’ running mate Joe Biden 306 electoral votes — securing his presidential win over incumbent President Donald Trump.
The votes of the presidential electors will be sent to Washington, D.C., where Congress will affirm them on January 6 in a joint session with incumbent Vice President Mike Pence.
Days later, on January 20, a public ceremony is scheduled to take place on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in D.C., where both Biden and Harris will take oaths of office.