Unless you have completely kept yourself away from world politics, you should know that the United States of America elected its first female vice president after its 2020 presidential election. Assuming office on the 20th of January 2021, Kamala Harris became the highest-ranking female elected official in the history of the country.
More than that, she was documented as the second person of color to hold the office as she is equally the first Asian-American and first African-American to become vice president of the North American nation. In all, her emergence as the second in command of one of the most powerful nations of the world is groundbreaking on so many levels; as a woman and as a minority in the country.
How Tall Is Kamala Harris Compared To The Average American Woman?
A member of the Democratic party, Kamala Harris’ career in politics dates back to 1990 when she began working as a public servant, a deputy district attorney in Alameda County, California. She later worked in various capacities as a public servant before she made history as the first person of color to be elected as the district attorney of San Francisco. She held the office until 2011 when she became the Attorney General of California.
Triumphing against Steve Cooley, a Republican Los Angeles County district attorney, Kamala again made history as the first woman, first African American, and first South Asian American to hold the office in the history of the state. Kamala continued ascent of the political ladder to become the first female vice president of America made everything about her newsworthy, including trivial things like her height and other body measurements.
The average height for women varies across the globe but it is said that the difference between the tallest and the shortest women, on average, is about 8 inches (20 cm). You will find the tallest of women in Latvia where their average height is 5 feet 6.5 inches (169 cm) and the shortest in Guatemala; the average height for women in the Central American nation is said to be 4 feet 10 inches (147 cm). Regionally, women from Central Asian nations and European countries are the tallest whereas those from South Asian countries are the shortest.
Various reports have noted that the average height of citizens of the United States of America has been increasing, albeit very slowly compared to citizens of other high-income countries. According to Medicinenet, the average height for women in the country hasn’t changed in the past two decades and varies by race. At 5 feet 4.3 inches, White, non-Hispanic women are the tallest, followed by African American women at 5 feet 4 inches; then Hispanic American at 5 feet 1.7 inches and Asian American at 5 feet 1.5 inches.
In all, the average woman in America stands at 5 feet 3 inches (160 cm). This means that the vice president is only slightly taller than most of the women in her country.
Is Kamala Harris The Shortest United States Vice President Ever?
The United States has had a total of 49 vice presidents, including the incumbent Kamala Harris. As stated earlier, she is the first female to hold the position. Now, men are known to be generally taller than women across the globe. On average, it is believed that men are 7% taller than women.
Based on that and the fact that Kamala Harris is the first female vice president of the United States, it wouldn’t be out of place for one to assume she is the shortest vice president of the country.
Kamala Harris Height Compared To Other Vice Presidents In Recent History
Kamala Harris was preceded by Mike Pence who served as the 48th vice president of the country from 2017 to 2021. Before Pence, there was Joe Biden, the 46th president of America with whom Kamala Harris serves as vice president. As vice president, Joe Biden was preceded by Dick Cheney and Cheney by Al Gore. In that order, there was Dan Quayle, George H. W. Bush, Walter Mondale, Nelson Rockefeller, Gerald Ford, and Spiro Agnew who was the 39th vice president.
As shown Below, Kamala Harris isn’t taller than any of these former vice presidents.
- Spiro Agnew – 6 feet 2 inches (188 cm)
- Gerald Ford – 6 feet (183 cm)
- Nelson Rockefeller – 5 feet 10 1/2 inches (179 cm)
- Walter Mondale – 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm)
- George H. W. Bush – 6 feet 2 inches (188 cm)
- Dan Quayle – 5 feet 11½ inches (182 cm)
- Al Gore – 6 feet 1 inch (185 cm)
- Dick Cheney – 5 feet 8 inches (173 cm)
- Joe Biden – 5 feet 11½ inches (182 cm)
- Mike Pence – 5 feet 10 inches (178 cm)
How Tall is Kamala Compared To Joe Biden?
It was on the 11th of August 2020 that Joe Biden announced his decision to have Kamala Harris as his running mate for the 2020 presidential election. Although they had pitted against each other as Kamala Harris was a top contender for the Democratic nomination, they began working together after Biden’s announcement and continue to do so.
From their public appearances, it is obvious that the president is significantly taller than the vice president. The former stands at 5 feet 11½ inches (182 cm) while the latter is 5 feet 3½ inches (161 cm) tall. So, Joe Biden is 8 inches (21 cm) taller than Kamala Harris.
What Are Her Body Measurements?
Given Kamala Harris’ status as one of the most powerful women in the United States of America and the world at large, it is not surprising that people look for information about almost anything one can think of about the politician; from the political positions she has held to her love life, family background, and even body measurement.
While we can only authenticate her height, various platforms listed the rest of her body measurements as shown below.
|Height||5 feet 3½ inches (161 cm)|
|Weight||59 kg (130.07 lbs)|
|Shoe Size||9 US (39 EU)|
|Breast-Waist-Hip||35-26-36 inches (89-66-91 cm)|