Women of color, political leaders across the LV, applaud first female VP

Written by on January 21, 2021

Women of color, political leaders across the LV, applaud first female VP

By Genesis Ortega

January 21, 2021

Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

Women leaders of color in the Lehigh Valley watched closely as Kamala Harris made history on Jan. 20, breaking through barriers that have kept women out of the White House and underrepresented in politics.

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Cynthia Mota and Kamala Harris have something in common: both women of color are making history in a vice-presidential role. 

Mota says her daughter first made the connection after she became Allentown City Council’s first female vice president. 

“It’s like telling the little girl that you can do it. You know you could do it. I mean this was phenomenal and such an inspiration for many women of color,” Mota says. 

Mota says it was special to watch the Inauguration with her daughter, and to know that the next generation of girls can break through any barriers.

Nazareth Councilwoman Laureen Pellegrino says the best will be yet to come when women are equally represented period. 

“Yes, I’m happy. It’s a step. It’s a journey. It’s like a baby step that we have taken. I’m not saying the journey would end if we had a woman president,” Pellegrino says.  

One thing’s for sure both women say, representation matters when it comes to shattering glass ceilings. 

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