Over the weekend, Kamala Harris made history as the first woman, first Black person and first South East Asian American to be elected Vice President of The United States. The California Senator and her running mate, now President-Elect Joe Biden, clenched over 270 electoral college votes to defeat President Donald Trump and win the 2020 election.
On Saturday night, Harris delivered an inspiring speech outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware. Walking out on stage to the song “Work That” by Mary J. Blige, Harris looked like she meant business wearing a crisp, white suit from Wes Gordan for Carolina Herrera’s Resort 2021 collection, teamed with a matching silk pussy-bow blouse.
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The white color choice was likely a nod to the suffragettes whose movement led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which granted women the right to vote. Harris’ pussy-bow blouse was also symbolic, and even a bit shady, as Melania Trump famously wore a pussy-bow blouse after her husband’s “grab ’em by the pussy” scandal.
“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” Harris told the drive-in crowd. “Every little girl that’s watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”
Suffragette white has been a popular style throughout major moments in politics. Hillary Clinton wore white when she accepted the nomination for president at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in honor of the women’s suffrage movement. Geraldine Ferraro also wore white when she accepted the nomination to become the first female candidate for vice president for a major American political party at the 1984 Democratic convention. And just this past February, female Democrats in Congress made a point of wearing white to mark the 100th anniversary of the women’s vote during Trump’s State of the Union address.