It's a statement that was used by nearly every journalist today (myself included), but one that I will never grow tired of writing: Today, history was made. Today, Kamala Harris (opens in new tab)became the first female, Black, and South Asian vice president of the United States of America. It's a moment more than worthy of all of the articles, retweets, and phrasal repetitions. It's a win that was hard fought, both for Vice President Harris and for American democracy.
Today, history was made. Tonight, we celebrate.
And in that vein, the The Presidential Inaugural Committee (opens in new tab) is hosting a "Celebrating America" special streaming across major platforms. The event had star-studded, packed with performances from Demi Lovato, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, and more, but it was the words from our new VP that was truly music to my ears.
In case you missed it, read her moving words here:
Good evening. It is my honor to be here. To stand on the shoulders of those who came before. To speak tonight as your Vice President.
In many ways, this moment embodies our character as a nation. It demonstrates who we are.
Even in dark times, we not only dream, we do. We not only see what has been, we see what can be. We shoot for the moon, and then we plant our flag on it. We are bold, fearless, and ambitious. We are undaunted in our belief that we shall overcome; that we will rise up. This is American aspiration.
In the middle of the civil war, Abraham Lincoln saw a better future and built it with land grant colleges and the transcontinental railroad. In the middle of the civil rights movement, Dr. King fought for racial justice and economic justice.
American Aspiration is what drove the women in this nation, throughout history, to demand equal rights. And the authors of the Bill of Rights, to claim freedoms that had rarely been written down before.
A great experiment takes great determination. The will to do the work, and then the wisdom to keep refining, keep tinkering, keep perfecting. The same determination is being realized in America today. I see it in the scientists who are transforming the future. I see it in the parents who are nurturing generations to come, in the innovators and educators, in everyone, everywhere, who is building a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.
This too, is American aspiration. This is what President Joe Biden has called upon us to summon now. The courage to see beyond crisis. To do what is hard, to do what is good, to unite, to believe in ourselves, believe in our country, believe in what we can do together.
Thank you, and may God bless America.
Truly, words we all needed to hear.
Megan DiTrolio is the editor of features and special projects at Marie Claire, where she oversees all career coverage and writes and edits stories on women’s issues, politics, cultural trends, and more. In addition to editing feature stories, she programs Marie Claire’s annual Power Trip conference and Marie Claire’s Getting Down To Business Instagram Live franchise.
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