The Clinton Global Initiative event took place on Friday and was hosted by Howard University, of which Ms. Harris was an alumnus.
Ahead of the conference, it was widely shared as part of a ‘one-to-one conversation’ between the Vice President and Mr Clinton to discuss’ the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on women and the empowerment of women and girls in and around the United States. the world “.
Social media was inundated with criticism of the event’s purpose on Tuesday after it was announced, with people accusing him of being deaf, given Mr. Clinton has faced multiple sexual harassment charges in the past.
Mr. Clinton was charged with sexual assault by Paula Jones in 1991 and rape by Juanita Broaddrick in 1978. He denied both allegations, but the two women maintained their story.Read more:
Several other women have also accused the former president of sexual harassment, claims Mr Clinton has denied.
Despite the backlash, the virtual event was a positive one between Ms. Harris and the former president, and it gave the vice president the opportunity to discuss some of the effects adopting the American Rescue Plan would have on working families, single mothers and people of color.
This included the child tax credit, which the Biden administration said would help lift 50% of children currently living in poverty. Additionally, Ms. Harris explained how the American Rescue Plan has prioritized initiatives like paid sick leave and paid family leave, which working-class Americans don’t always get at their jobs.
“I know you have a lot of students who are the first in their families to go to school or college. First in your gender or your race, ”Ms. Harris said.
“I just want to remind you… when you’re in these rooms and maybe you are the only one like you… I want you to remember not to feel alone in these rooms,” she continued. “We’re all in these rooms with you. We applaud you. You carry the voice of so many proud of you.
Ms. Harris was the first female vice-president, as well as the first African-American vice-president and Asian-American vice-president. Previously, the Vice-President built her career by being first in most of the jobs she held.
“So when you’re in these rooms, use that voice. Never let circumstances or situations make you feel lonely. … You are capable of whatever you choose to do, ”she added.