On this Sunday afternoon, I am still floating from the announcement that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the 2020 president and vice president-elect. It has been a tumultuous Election week. Even though the president has vowed to fight this decision in court, my soul is glad it is over to a degree. Now, I do not feel compelled to watch 24-hour election news any longer. I can finally exhale for a moment.
Biden’s declaration that he will be president for all fed my soul. Our nation needs this at this moment in history. And to see a woman of color, an Alpha Kappa Alpha woman by his side, leading this nation is inspiring and encouraging.
Vice President-Elect Harris tells us how important a win this is for girls and women everywhere. Her words alone brought a sense of peace and calm. But to know we finally have a female leader in the White House makes me jubilant. The glass ceiling has shattered. Even Harris notes, “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last, because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”
Vice President-Elect Harris also acknowledges that this moment was a long time coming.
All the women who have 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
continue the fight for their fundamental right to vote and be heard.
Tonight, I reflect on their struggle, their determination, and the
strength of their vision to see what can be unburdened by what has
been. I stand on their shoulders.
But perhaps it was not what she said that connected her to this shared struggle and history but rather what she wore. Yes. What she wore.
Madame Vice President looked flawless on the stage as she addressed a crowd filled with women of all races and ages cheering her on. Not unlike the white hat that Olivia Pope and her gladiators wore on Scandal, Vice President-Elect wore a white pantsuit. In essence, Harris was signaling to the women everywhere that with this historic win, it is indeed handled.
You are probably wondering what is handled. To answer this, we must look at the history of white in the political realm. White is an emblem of purity. Throughout history, as women have put in their bid for the White House, they have too worn white. Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to run for president in 1984, wore white. Hilary Clinton wore white when she received the nomination of her party. This year, the Women of the House wore white to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Right to Vote. The color white is known as the color of suffrage and has long been a symbol of women’s fight for the right to vote.
Thus, not only was her win historic but, so was her choice in what she wore. I look forward to the next four years of experiencing firsts with Vice President-Elect Harris. And I say to Madame Vice President, know that this woman of color and a nation of women will be applauding you every step of the way.