Not only is Kamala Harris the first woman to be appointed as Vice President of the United States of America, she is also the first Black American and first South Asian American to become Vice President too. What an end to 2020!
On Saturday 7 November, Kamala made her first appearance as Vice President-elect. This followed reports by several media outlets that projected Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election after we waited for days, wondering how to cope with election anxiety (opens in new tab) and reading all the celebrity election tweets (opens in new tab).
During her first speech since the election results, she spoke passionately about America’s future, but it wasn’t just her words that had an impact.
WHAT was the special meaning behind KAMALA HARRIS' FIRST POST-ELECTION SPEECH outfit?
Kamala’s choice of outfit was of huge significance. For her first public speech since the election, the VP-elect chose to wear a white Carolina Herrera suit and satin pussy-bow blouse.
To the American people—no matter who you voted for—I will strive to be a Vice President like @JoeBiden was to President @BarackObama: loyal, honest, and prepared, waking up every day thinking of you and your families. Kamala Harris (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @kamalaharris on Nov 8, 2020 at 7:58am PST
She paired this already stylish outfit with nude, pointed-toe pumps. But it was the suit that made the statement. White is widely associated with the Suffragette movement of the early 20th century.
This world-changing movement saw female activists fight for women to have the fight to vote and 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of that movement.
Last year, many women lawmakers at the 2019 State of the Union address wore white to acknowledge the Suffragettes and silently show their protest at President Trump’s policies. Hillary Clinton also favoured wearing white for her historic presidential run.
Like them, it seems Kamala’s decision to wear white was a tribute to the strong women of the past.
WHAT DID SHE ADDRESS IN HER SPEECH?
Whilst the new Vice President-elect never mentioned the suffragettes by name, she did honour all those who paved the way for her to take up this new appointment in a heartfelt speech.
She did, however, speak of all the women “who are too often overlooked, but so often prove that they are the backbone of our democracy”.
I’m thinking about my mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, and the generations of Black women who came before me who believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible. Kamala Harris (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by @kamalaharris on Nov 8, 2020 at 11:02am PST
Later, the new Vice President-elect went on to thank “all the women who worked to secure and protect the right to vote for over a century".
"100 years ago with the 19th Amendment, 55 years ago with the Voting Rights Act, and now, in 2020, with a new generation of women in our country who cast their ballots and continued the fight for their fundamental right to vote and be heard.”
Kamala Harris’ emotional speech reflected on the struggle of these women. She talked of “their determination and the strength of their vision” and declared: “I stand on their shoulders.”
Kamala then went on to address the future. “I may be the first woman in this office,” she acknowledged. “[But] I won’t be the last.”
With Kamala Harris paving the way, with her actions, words and powerful outfit statements, we can’t help feeling that she’s right.
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.
Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.
In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com.
After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!
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