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Fayette Co. Sheriff's Office employees join in honoring Vice President Kamala Harris

Posted at 11:45 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 09:43:26-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Several Fayette County Sheriff's Office employees joined in on the trend of pearls and Chuck Taylor shoes Wednesday as history was made when the Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn in.

Across the country women paid tribute to the country's first woman, African American and Asian American vice president. Many wore pearls as a symbol of Vice President Kamala Harris's sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and Chuck Taylors as a nod to Harris's favorite footwear.

Employees with the sheriff's office wanted to mark the historic day and what it means for young women, said Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt.

"It's just a monumental day for women," Sherriff Witt said said. "Not just in the United States but all over the world."

The group of women who participated gathered for photos in the district courthouse and in front the Stand statue downtown that commemorates the passing of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

"A lot of people have come before us. They've made a lot of sacrifices," Sheriff Witt said.

As one of only a few dozen women sheriffs in the country, Sheriff Witt said her will to inspire young women has been reinvigorated by the country's new vice president.

For employees like Denise McCargo and Carolyn Lee, they're proud of what this historic moment means for their daughters.

"We just want to empower each other," McCargo said.

"She knows there is a woman who is now vice president of the United states of America," Lee said. "And so that dream is real, is more real and more concrete to every young lady in this country than it has ever been before."