On Saturday, March 18, the Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris andGlamour co-hosted a breakfast to commemorate Women’s History Month, at the Vice President’s home in Washington, D.C.
In front of an audience of female trendsetters consisting of Grammy award winner Megan Thee StallionSpeaker Emerita Nancy Pelosistars Simone AshleyNicole Ari Parker and Phoebe Robinson, soccer star Ashlyn Harris, creator and CEO Emma Grede, designer and Fifteen Percent Pledge creator Aurora Jamesauthor and activist Marley Dias, and more, Vice President Harris provided an enthusiastic speech about ladies’s power, financial empowerment, and the significance of passing paid leave.
The Vice President informed participants, “Economic empowerment of ladies has to do with a financial investment in the future of our nation. When you raise the financial status of females, you raise the financial status of households and neighborhoods, and all of society advantages.”
She singled out Glamour’s continuous advocacy for paid leaveand in her opening remarks thanked Karina Garciaamong the brand-new moms included in Glamour’s groundbreaking 28 Days paid leave task, who invited the Vice President on phase. “Karina, I wish to thank you, for the power of your voice, and the remarkable ladies that you stood here on phase with. The stories that they have actually informed openly about the experiences that you’ve each had are heartbreaking and effective, and it takes an extraordinary quantity of nerve for you each to inform those stories that are so individual. You are why we do what we do.
“It’s been so fantastic to partner with GlamourWhat you and your group have actually done to highlight the significance of financial empowerment, and in specific highlighting paid leave, is so crucial.”
Visitors cheered as she continued: “This problem of paid household leave is a nationwide problem in regards to the strength of our economy as a whole. Which’s why congress requires to follow Nancy Pelosi’s word and pass legislation around paid household leave.”
The Vice President likewise praised the guests for being trendsetters and history makers throughout sectors, and she motivated them to continue raising and motivating other ladies. She stated, “My mom had numerous phrases. She stated: ‘Kamala, you might be the very first to do lots of things. Make certain you are not the last.’ Let us continue to keep that course which door open, and make it larger and larger for all those who are depending on us.”
The Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff required to the phase initially to invite visitors to the occasion. He initially thanked Glamour for doing “a lot great on the planet to boost females, ladies’s voices, and their stories, to ensure that they’re never ever disregarded.”
He kept in mind the number of history makers remained in the space, the administration’s dedication to advancing the rights of ladies and ladies, and his own enthusiasm for gender equity work, joking “I didn’t simply begin speaking about gender equity when I satisfied Kamala Harris.”
He then presented Glamour’s Editorial director and Americas Editorial Director Samantha Barry, who spoke movingly about Glamour’s storied history of defending females’s equity, promoting working females, and promoting for reproductive rights and paid leave.
“I am honored and humbled to be commemorating Women’s History Month with you all at the Vice President’s house. March is a truly crucial month for us as we appraise the amazing accomplishments of ladies. For me it’s a time where we analyze the past, commemorate today, and plot the future.
Glamour is 85 years of ages next year. We was among the very first publications in the United States to actually empower the working female– our tagline in the 40s was ‘for the woman with a task’. Checking out the archives, these problems of Glamour equipped ladies to handle tasks when the world fought, they had feminist authors who argued why females ought to go to college, long prior to it ended up being the standard. And there were many inches and problems committed to the defend reproductive rights and the death of Roe v Wade. And I question, as I state these words aloud, what those authors in the 50s, 60s and 70s would feel that we are still battling that battle in 2023.
“We took on subjects like divorce, free love, motherhood and more in groundbreaking methods. And the history of Glamour is truly woven into the history of females in America.”
She likewise required time to commemorate all the ladies in the audience, and acknowledge lots of previous Glamour Ladies of the Year honorees who remained in participation, consisting of the Vice President, Megan Thee Stallion, the ladies of Heart of DinnerSpeaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi, Sherrilyn Ifilland Ambassador Susan Rice. And motivated the audience to sign up with Glamour in outlining for the future– highlighting our current By Women effort, and our paid leave advocacy.
She invited Karina Garcia, who was signed up with by Abi Akintolayo, Tiffany Mroktek and Shukura Wells from our paid leave task, who shared her own story about her experiences postpartum, and why coming together to mark Women’s History Month is so crucial, prior to presenting the Vice President.
She informed the audience: “Last year, on May 12, I brought to life my very first child Yohualli. 6 days later on, I was working. 4 nights a week I worked from midnight till 8am, up when even my infant was sleeping. I had actually no paid leave. I had no option. I should not have actually needed to pick in between my kid, and my income.
“Change is why we are here today. We are here together today to commemorate the development we have actually made, however likewise acknowledge how far there is to go.
“We likewise are here to commemorate females who have actually altered– and are altering– history. There are numerous females here today that I am humbled to stand along with. None more so than our really own Vice President of the United States. Due to the fact that of our Vice President, I get to inform my child that she too can go for the greatest workplace of the land.”
The occasion was hosted by the swimming pool at the Vice President’s house, and the ladies in presence were motivated by the Vice President to network with the “remarkable group of ladies who are here.” She informed the crowd: “This is an effective group of individuals, who are nationwide leaders, and worldwide leaders, and I am honored to be able to invite you all to this house.”