Vice President Kamala Harris Makes a Statement on International Women’s Day
This International Women’s Day, Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman to ever hold the position, addressed the European Parliament. In her speech, the Vice President touched on many of the issues that women face today all around the world and the goals we need to achieve in order to “ensure women’s safety at home and in every community.”
Her speech today is accompanied by two executive orders from the administration meant to address gender equality and sexual violence. President Joe Biden made a statement this morning, “My Administration is committed to honoring women by investing in their opportunity, security, and wellbeing. I was proud to issue an Executive Order today establishing the White House Gender Policy Council, to ensure that every domestic and foreign policy we pursue rests on a foundation of dignity and equity for women.” These policies will rescind some of the Trump-era regulations and are meant to be just the beginning of a long list of reforms meant to address gender inequality in the United States.
On this day, many celebrate the achievements of women over the centuries, one of these women being the Vice President herself. She is currently the highest-ranking woman in government and was named the third most powerful woman in the world on Forbes magazine last year.
After making history as the first woman Vice President of the United States, as well as the first person of color, Vice President Harris noted in her victory speech on November 7th that while she “may be the first woman in this office,” she “will not be the last, because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”
As Vice President Harris noted in today’s address, “we must give women equal voice in decision-making, for this is essential to free and fair democracies.” And on this day, “let us be determined in this effort. Let us be united in this effort.”