OPINION: There’s A New Sherif In Town — Inauguration Day From A Woman’s Perspective


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Bella Tarzia, OwlFeed Opinion Editor

There’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Joe Biden, President Joe Biden, and his partner in crime is Vice President Kamala Harris. 

In case you didn’t know, the results of the 2020 election seemed to be unclear to the Republican party but were very clear to the Democratic party, and to clear up any confusion, they held an entire ceremony at Capitol Hill to prove a point, Inauguration day.

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To sum it up, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took the oath of office on January 20, at Capitol Hill, to be formally inducted into the White House. Only the elite congressmen and family members were allowed into this event, but somehow Lady Gaga and J.Lo were invited, and to that I say, where was my invitation, Biden?  

All jokes aside, this was probably the most important election I will ever see in my lifetime, coming from a 17-year-old young woman. Not only is there a new president in a time of fret and pandemic but there is now a woman in the White House, an African-American, South Asian-American woman, and not just as the first lady. 

It is crazy to think that only 101 years ago women were given the right to vote and now, we have a woman in the White House.

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On the morning of Inauguration day, I woke up extra early so I could do school from my living room so that I could watch the Inauguration while learning pre-calculus. Let me tell you that was a challenging task but I managed. 

I usually don’t have many emotions towards people or anything besides Disney movies, but as soon as Michelle Obama, “accompanied by Barack Obama” according to the news anchor on CNN (usually its “Barack accompanied by Michelle”), the waterworks began and they didn’t stop. All the way from the Obamas entrance to the twin girls in matching fur coats at the parade I cried.

There has even been TikToks and short videos of young women across America from infants to the elderly watching Harris’s induction and taking photos next to their television screens, as this was a touching moment in American history.

The women of the inauguration took ¨Girl Power¨ to the next level, not only with their influential lifestyles and movements but their choice of fashion for the induction. Whether it was intentional or not these women came in and came to show off their monochrome outfits with a strut that could kill.

Kamala Harris came in all purple with a beautiful floor length coat-like dress and a smile that would make you fall to your knees, a true power moment if you ask me. 

Michelle Obama came in with a head to toe burgundy look with a shiny gold belt buckle, serving looks. 

And Jill Biden came in with the teal dress and coat that had each flower of the 50 states and territories and even had matching leather gloves for the finishing touch.

Even J.Lo got the monochrome memo and came dressed in all white. Lady Gaga almost followed the hidden dress code and wore a black top with a red ball gown skirt. 

With some further research, wearing different shades of purple is more significant than we think. It represents bipartisanship: the literal mix of red, for the Republican party, and blue, for the Democratic party. 

¨Purple is the color of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause,” according to a line in a newsletter from the National Woman’s Party in the United States. “White, the emblem of purity, symbolizes the quality of our purpose; and gold, the color of light and life, is as the torch that guides our purpose, pure and unswerving.” 

Now, I’m not sure what will be more important in the history books, three of the most influential women in American in monochrome outfits or a photo of Bernie Sanders wearing mittens, but I can say that for me as well as many others, Inauguration Day 2021 will be a day to never forget.