The hidden meaning behind Kamala Harris’ victory speech suit

Kamala Harris made history this weekend as she was appointed the new Vice President of the United States

Kamala Harris, Vice President-elect
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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 and reading all the celebrity election tweets.

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.

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”.

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.