'It's pretty exciting, and it's wonderful to make history. "No president has ever said those words from this podium, no president has ever said those words, and it's about time".
Harris, 56, who is also the first Indian-American and also the first Black woman to become America's Vice President, sat behind on the president's right side as he delivered his first speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night.
Pelosi, for her part, has led the Democratic Party's House caucus for almost two decades and shattered her share of glass ceilings along the way, as she noted in an Wednesday interview with MSNBC. "I admit, when President Biden addressed Madam Secretary and Madam Vice President as the first president to be able to do that, I got a little emotional". In 2007, she made history as the first woman to sit there - a fact then President George W. Bush noted during his State of the Union address.
Apart from the speech Wednesday, Harris and Pelosi have notched another first in US and women's history.More news: Arlene Foster to quit as Northern Irish first minister and DUP leader
"This is a great start and we have to continue to move forward to give women their equal due", said Christian Nunes, president of the National Organisation for Women.
'About time, ' he whispered to the two women when he joined them on the House rostrum, his words picked up by the microphones.
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.
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Ms Harris' office declined comment on her historic role in the president's address, preferring to let the moment speak for itself.
Walsh also noted Biden's promise to put a woman on his ticket, and pointed as well to the diversity of his Cabinet.
Apart from the speech on Wednesday, Ms Harris and Ms Pelosi have notched another first in U.S. and women's history. 'But for now this is a particularly gratifying moment'.
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".More news: Fire tears through Baghdad COVID hospital