We will remember where we were today when we watched Kamala Harris sworn in as Vice President.
We will remember her hand on Thurgood Marshall’s Bible, held by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. We will not forget how it felt to see the first woman, first Black woman and first person of South Asian heritage take the oath of office.
And when Kamala Harris presides over a Senate majority made possible by the election of Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia, we’ll remember that moment too—because it’s a direct result of our hard work and persistence.
We pulled out all the stops in 2020 to defeat Donald Trump and end Mitch McConnell’s hold on the U.S. Senate. And then we mobilized to meet the unprecedented assault on democracy Donald Trump launched after the election with his dangerous claim of a “stolen election,” which led to his inciting the insurrectionist mob at the Capitol on January 6. But the transfer of power went forward, and today we celebrate the inauguration of a new president and vice president who share our values, ideals and belief in fairness, justice and equality.
Under the Trump Administration, the bold advances that women made, particularly those of our Black, Indigenous, Women of Color, Latinx, trans and gender non-conforming communities, were not a part of the conversation at all. That’s why NOW and Black Women’s Blueprint will be bringing these voices to the forefront as part of a listening and discussion series, called “100 Days of a Feminist Agenda: Healing from Centuries of Oppression – Our Work is Not Done Yet.”
The first session is on January 28 at 5 pm ET, and we will be discussing the 323 + days of COVID–19 and the lasting impact on women. You can sign up here.
Our communities have been healing from centuries of oppression and are no longer willing to be silenced or ignored. This series will serve as a space where our intersectional and radical feminism can live in action and we can come together to share ideas and perspectives and to make an impact on the legislation and policies we want to see moving forward.
I hope that as many NOW members as possible will join this conversation and share their experiences. We are, after all, a community. We learn as a community, we build and move forward as a community —and today, as a community, we celebrate.