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The Role of Second Gentleman

When Vice President Kamala Harris became the first female vice president of the United States, her husband Doug Emhoff became the first ever second gentleman of the United States. In this role, Mr. Emhoff supports the Biden-Harris Administration as needed. For example, he accompanies Vice President Harris during official travels and makes appearances at events. As the second gentleman, he is also symbolically sending a message about gender equity. Listen to learn more about Mr. Emhoff’s experiences as the first second gentleman and to hear the advice he shares.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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