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We are witnessing history with the vice-presidential debate and the presence of Kamala Harris as the Democratic nominee. Not only is Senator Harris the firstBlack and Indian American VP nominee of a major American party, she is also the lone woman’s voice on either ticket. NOW salutes this historic moment; we know that if not for women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Fannie Lou Hamer, Patsy Mink, Shirley Chisholm, and Geraldine Ferraro, there would not be this opportunity for Kamala Harris.

We must let our voices be heard in this election - whether by early voting, voting by mail, or on November 3.  As we work closer to an intersectional feminist agenda, we want to continue to empower and protect the rights and possibilities for all women and girls. That includes a day, very soon, when it is the norm for women to be presidential and vice-presidential nominees when it is clear to all that women leaders are as vital and necessary to any democracy as men, where women have equal time and pay in all ways. And that includes a day when women will not have to declare, as Senator Harris had to do several times during the debate when interrupted by Vice President Pence: “I’m speaking.”