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Women in SWFL celebrate historical firsts of Vice President Kamala Harris

Women in SWFL celebrate historical firsts of Vice President Kamala Harris
Posted at 11:21 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 23:21:51-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Women across Southwest Florida are celebrating the swearing in of the first female vice president and the first vice president of color.

Wednesday, a local group of women in chucks and pearls gathered at the Williams Academy Black History Museum in Fort Myers.

“Although we might be in different locations, the spirit of what we are doing is to let her know we got you,” Sheryl Glover, with Mount Hermon Ministries.

The local chapter of Vice President Harris' sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc., also hosted a female discussion over Zoom.

One of the panelists speaking on leadership was Florida Gulf Coast University’s first African-American woman to graduate with a doctoral degree.

“The message is loud and clear. We’ve got to work hard for our goals, and if we can do that, we can definitely overcome barriers. We can definitely break the glass ceiling and achieve greatness,” said Dr. Keiana Desmore.

Mothers, sisters, and women of higher education say it’s something they will never forget. The day a female Vice President paved the way for little girls with big dreams.

“A lot of our ancestors, grandmothers, and great grandmothers are smiling down,” said Toya Felston, with Redeeming Influence Community Outreach.

Powerful messages from empowered women who say they’ll keep reaching for their goals in Southwest Florida.