Has it really been 5 days since Inauguration? Moments from the day are freshly seared into the mind, and sometimes it feels like it was weeks ago. It’s hard to put it all into words, and not to sound dramatic, but Wednesday felt like the beginning of a new era.
First off, the visceral reactions of the day ranged from happiness to hope to relief to tears of happiness again (we shared your reactions in the round up at the bottom of this email). It was great to discuss the day with you and of course, we all started by noting the fashion
. We brought back Workwear Wednesday for old times’ sake in Instagram Stories
; the jewel-toned monochromatic looks were fresh, inspiring, bold and powerful. If you missed Erin’s spot-on reply, here it is:
I’m certain there was a “what bold statement color are you wearing” group text between all of these fierce ladies and I want to be included on the next one 😂"
The striking colors added to the power of the visuals of the day, and the meaning behind some of the Day’s looks drove home themes of unity and healing (ex: First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s coat & dress
). So much of the day stands out, but two scenes are worth talking about again here.
Perhaps the most powerful visual of the day was seeing Kamala Harris with her hand raised, taking the vice presidential oath. The mere image of a woman. A Black woman. A South Asian American woman. The first but not the last to serve as Vice President of the United States. It holds such power. In that moment (as Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Justice of the Supreme Court administered the oath), numerous barriers and ceilings were shattered. Women across the country and around the world, so many of us… felt. that. We finally saw that a woman can, in fact, become the [Vice] President. To see her inauguration is to have hope for a future without limits for so many. It’s hard to capture how that felt, but would bet that most people reading this email get it.
Speaking of capturing moments, perhaps the next most (next to the oath itself) inspiring words of the day were from 22-year-old National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman. She delivered her piece, “The Hill We Climb
,” written after witnessing the siege on the Capitol two weeks prior. Two powerful lines stand out. They speak the truth about the insurrection and how it might not have been entirely unexpected but instead folds into the many complicated layers of United States history. They speak to how the insurrection has challenged many of us to step into the light and hold those actors to account, while renewing our resolve to unite and be better. They speak:
How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.
We keep talking about the opportunities that arise from challenging times. Her words so perfectly describe the hope that we feel, while acknowledging the mess at our feet. They inspire us to take the next step forward toward our mission and toward fulfilling our potential. They also challenge us to take a hard look at the realities that got us to where we are today. We have a lot of work to do, but we see it.
That’s all from me on this for now… our MBAchic links are application advice-heavy, so wishing those of you still wrapping up your Round 2 apps the very best of luck. Also, do not miss Stephanie’s #MBAchicTakeover and parting wisdom. We have numerous open roles spanning the globe for you and the links On our radar are a great mix… check them out and then please go hit the thumbs up or down at the very bottom.
Sending you best wishes and hoping you bring that #MadamVP energy into this week (and the rest of 2021). Let’s get to it!