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Video: Harris pays homage to women who came before her

We are so grateful to Joe and Jill for welcoming our family to theirs on this incredible journey – and to the woman most responsible for my presence here today, my mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who is always in our hearts. . [cheering and cars honking] When she arrived from India at the age of 19, she might not have quite imagined the moment. But she believed so deeply in an America where a time like this is possible. And so I think of her and the generations of women, of black women … [cheering] … Asian, White, Latin, Native American women, who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment tonight: women who fought so hard and sacrificed themselves for equality and freedom and justice for all, including black women, too often overlooked, but so often prove that they are the backbone of our democracy. [cheering and cars honking] 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 suffrage law, and now in 2020 with a new generation of women in our country who voted and continued to fight for their fundamental right to vote and to be heard. [cheering and cars honking] Tonight I reflect on their struggle, their determination and the strength of their vision to see what can be, unloaded from what has been. And I stand on their shoulders. And what a testament to Joe’s character that he had the audacity to break down one of the most important barriers that exist in our country and to choose a woman as vice president. [cheering and cars honking] But while I might be the first woman to occupy this office, I won’t be the last.

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