Harris, in a stirring victory speech given on Saturday evening in Delaware, focused heavily on the history-making moment of her election to the second-most important office in the land, and paid tribute to women, and women of color, who paved the way for her to arrive at the current moment.
The generations of women, Black women. Asian, White, Latina, Native American women, who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment tonight. Women who fought and sacrificed so much for equality and liberty and justice for all. Including the Black women who are often, too often, overlooked but so often prove they are the backbone of our democracy,” Harris said.
“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,” added Harris, sporting a white pant suit in honor of the suffragette movement.
“Tonight I reflect on their struggle, their determination and the strength of their vision to see what can be unburdened by what has been, and I stand on their shoulders.”
“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” she continued. “Every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”
She also lauded the country for the choice it had made in sending Biden to the White House, while previewing his message of unity.
“You chose, hope, unity decency, science, and, yes, truth,” she said, prompting a loud chorus of blaring car horns and screams. “You chose Joe Biden.”