Kamala Harris has made history by being elected as the first female vice-president in the history of the US. This follows Joe Biden’s projected victory in the US presidential election.

Georgina and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

Video chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:48 – Story
1:40 – Headline 1: Kamala Harris makes history as first ‘Madam Vice President’
3:39 – Headline 2: Kamala Harris cements place in history as first female Vice President
5:50 – Headline 3: The meaning of Kamala Harris: the woman who will break new ground as vice-president
7:57 – Language summary

The story
Mr Biden was introduced onto the stage by his running mate Kamala Harris, who’ll become the first female vice president. She said she wouldn’t be the last woman to hold that office because every little girl watching her would see that the US was a country of possibilities.

She told the crowd that voters had ushered in a new day for America.

Key words and phrases
makes history
is or does something so important that it will be recorded publicly and remembered

Marie Curie made history as the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.
The Olympic athlete made history breaking three world records in one day.
makes a situation, an agreement or relationship stronger

The president’s visit cemented the relationship between the countries.
The crisis talks will help to cement the peace agreement.
break new ground
do something completely different that has not been done before

Her appointment as the first female CEO breaks new ground for the company.
‘Greener’ car designs will break new ground in future manufacturing.

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