The 2021 Inauguration: A Historic Moment for Women of Color

Kamala Harris was sworn in last Wednesday as the first Black and Asian American woman Vice President of the United States of America. Madam Vice President, that feels amazing to say. This is an inspiration for a new generation of women and women of color.  Women across the country can now see that anything is possible!

Here are a couple of things that were memorable about the inauguration!

Amanda Gorman became the youngest inaugural poet at the age of 22. Amanda was handpicked by the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden to read an original poem. Amanda became the youth poet laureate of Los Angeles at 16 in 2014 and the first national youth poet laureate three years later.

Jennifer Lopez began her performance with “This Land is Your Land,” then “America the Beautiful” and then she started speaking in Spanish! “Una nación, bajo Dios, indivisible, con libertad y justicia para todos,” she said. Which means “One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all,” from the Pledge of Allegiance.

Vice President Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and Hillary Clinton all wore purple! Yes, purple is a mix of red and blue so the women wore purple as a show of unity. The ladies also wore purple as a nod to Shirley Chisholm the first African American woman in Congress (1968) and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties (1972).

It is safe to say that women of color were represented well during the 2021 Inauguration. Though we have a long way to go in the fight for equality the Biden-Harris Inauguration was a step in the right direction.

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