Now that Kamala Harris has made history to become the first female Vice President of the United States, you might be wondering what to call her.
There seems to be a lot of confusion over whether Kamala will be “Madam Vice President” or “Madame Vice President.” Well, we have the answer.
“Madam” is used before a title to address a female holder of the position when it’s spoken in English. The term derives from the French word “madame.”
Kamala‘s niece Meena Harris celebrated the election news by tweeting out “MADAM VICE PRESIDENT SOUNDS PRETTY DAMN GOOD!!!!!!!!” This confirms that “Madam” should be used instead of “Madame.”
You might also remember that the CBS series Madam Secretary, about a female secretary of state, used that spelling as well!
MADAM VICE PRESIDENT SOUNDS PRETTY DAMN GOOD!!!!!!!!
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) November 7, 2020