It’s about time:’ In historic first, two powerful women flank US president

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Behind Mr Biden stood two women - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice-President Kamala Harris - creating history. It was a moment without equal in American history.

The Biden administration has agreed to train members of a Guatemalan task force so it can protect its borders from a migrant surge - as part of what Vice President Kamala Harris is describing as a "comprehensive approach" to the crisis from countries south of the border. After he acknowledged that he was the first president to open his remarks with the words "Madam Speaker", the crowd of (mostly male) lawmakers rose for a lengthy standing ovation.

Pelosi, 81, who became the first woman in her role in 2007, sat behind on the President's left. In 2017 and 2018, it was once again all White men.

'It's pretty exciting, and it's wonderful to make history.

"It's about time", Ms Pelosi said hours before the speech during an interview on MSNBC. "For the first time in American history, behind the President when he speaks, will be two women: a woman vice president, and a woman speaker of the House".

She also sat at the rostrum for speeches by Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

When asked about the significance of two women sitting behind the President for the address, Harris replied, "Normal", to reporters in the Capitol as she led the Senate delegation to the House chamber.

Harris, made history previous year when she became the first woman and first Black and Indian-origin person to be elected as vice-president.

Walsh also noted Biden's promise to put a woman on his ticket, and pointed as well to the diversity of his Cabinet.

But it wasn't just women who applauded the momentous occasion, one man touchingly took to Twitter to say he won't forget Harris and Pelosi's introduction, penning, "Witnessing it with my wife and daughter is a gift all of us will hold near and dear to heart forever". 'But for now this is a particularly gratifying moment'.

History was made in the United States on Thursday.

The seating arrangement carried a symbolic meaning for the advancement of U.S. women in recent decades, since Harris and Pelosi stand first and second in the presidential line of succession, respectively.



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