- History has been made in the United States of America following Biden's address to congress
- The history made was the appearance of Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi alongside President Biden
- Americans have reacted to the development positively on social media
For the first in the history of the United States of America, two women flanked the president of the country, Joe Biden, during his address to a joint session of congress.
With this, history was made as both Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi became the first two officials to do so, CBS Evening News reports.
To the country, this marks a milestone in the nation's nearly 245-year history. It emphasizes the symbolism regarding the strides that women have taken to reach positions of American power, New York Times added.
Meanwhile, reactions have quickly followed the event on social media.
@cooperhefner wrote on Twitter:
"Witnessing Vice President Harris and Speaker Pelosi sit next to one another during President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress is an event I won’t forget. Witnessing it with my wife and daughter is a gift all of us will hold near and dear to heart forever."
@702YankeeBabe also wrote:
"I cried. To know that this happened in my lifetime, with my daughter watching, and my 82-year old mom. Tears of joy. Truly."
"As a 66 year old woman, mother & grandmother who stood firm in the feminist fight for equality of pay, fairness in hiring & grew up learning from the great leaders of our movement? So many fought for the obvious. Women are equal. All I could do was grin, ear to ear."
Meanwhile, Briefly News had reported that Biden signed an executive order. The order raises the minimum wage paid by federal contractors to their employees.
The wage, which will take effect from 2022, was increased from $10.95 an hour to $15, New York Times reports. The current minimum wage was signed by President Barack Obama in 2014.
In announcing the move to increase the wage, President Biden said he believes workers working full time should not live in poverty.
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