Photos: History made as Kamala Harris is sworn in as the nation's vice president

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris leaves after she was inaugurated along with President Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today's inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images)
Vice President Kamala Harris exchanges greetings after she was inaugurated along with President Biden on Wednesday on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. (Jonathan Ernst / Pool Photo)

Kamala Harris was sworn in Wednesday as vice president — the first woman, first Black American and first Asian American in the position. It is a pivotal moment for a nation still struggling to end the racial disparities in politics, the economy and society. It is especially poignant for Black women who have been an important if underappreciated part of the Democratic Party.

Vice President Kamala Harris addresses the nation at the "Celebrating America" event.
Vice President Kamala Harris addresses the nation at the "Celebrating America" event at the Lincoln Memorial. (Joshua Roberts / Pool Photo )
Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff watch fireworks at the Celebrating America concert.
Vice President Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff watch fireworks. (Joshua Roberts / Pool Photo)
Fireworks frame the Washington Monument during an Inauguration Day event at the Lincoln Memorial.
Fireworks frame the Washington Monument during an Inauguration Day event at the Lincoln Memorial. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
Vice President Kamala Harris, left, addresses the nation at the "Celebrating America" event at the Lincoln Memorial.
Vice President Kamala Harris, left, addresses the nation at the "Celebrating America" event at the Lincoln Memorial. (Joshua Roberts / Pool Photo)
Kamala Harris raises her hand as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor raises hers and Harris' husband is beside her.
Kamala Harris stands next to her husband, Doug Emhoff, as she takes the oath of office Wednesday from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Vice President Kamala Harris bumps fists with President-elect Joe Biden after being sworn in during the inauguration.
Vice President Kamala Harris celebrates with President-elect Joe Biden after being sworn in Wednesday during the inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. (Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images)
Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff watch Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, walk down steps.
Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, see off former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, after the inauguration. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Kamala Harris applauds as Joe Biden arrives for his inauguration with people and the U.S. Capitol in the background.
Kamala Harris applauds as Joe Biden arrives for the inauguration ceremony. (Andrew Harnik / AFP/Getty Images)
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff wave at the inauguration.
Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff arrive for the inauguration. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris greets Vice President Mike Pence at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Kamala Harris greets Mike Pence, whom she succeeds as vice president, as she arrives Wednesday for the inauguration. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, stand in a pew at Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.
Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on Inauguration Day. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
Doug Emhoff, Kamala Harris, Jill Biden and Joe Biden look at lighted lamps at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
Doug Emhoff, left, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Jill Biden and President-elect Joe Biden look down the National Mall as lamps are lighted to honor the nearly 400,000 American victims of the pandemic at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on Tuesday. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

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