NWLC Responds to the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris

(Washington D.C.) The following is a statement from Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center:

“We extend our congratulations to President Biden and Vice President Harris, who share our vision of a thriving democracy and a more just, more fair society. It fills me with hope to see this administration spend their first day correcting the many wrongs of the previous administration–the racist Muslim ban, the routine mistreatment of Dreamers and undocumented people, the corruption of the Census, and the refusal to protect the rights of LGBTQ people. While we already see the ground laid for a more equitable end to this pandemic and our economic crisis, we must also work together to advance reproductive freedom, protect the rights of all students and workers, and ensure the voices of all survivors of violence are heard.

“It is heartening to know President Biden will be backed by a diverse Cabinet and team of advisers including Vice President Harris herself, whose experience as a biracial Black and Indian woman should signal the end of tolerance for an all-white, all-male leadership in any institution. And as this administration works with a new Congress, they will find the voices of more women than ever–Black, brown, and immigrant women, Indigenous women, women who are immigrants and refugees, queer women, women who served their country in the armed forces and women who served their communities by standing against racist police violence. As the glaring racial and gender biases of our society continue to be inflamed, it’s a hopeful sign this new administration will have the counsel of a coalition of underheard leaders from underserved communities.

“President Biden and Vice President Harris are surely humbled by the scale of the crises our country faces, but I’m confident their shared faith in the vitality of our democracy will serve as an essential guide to their stewardship of our government and the pluralistic, evolving country it must serve.”