FOX 7 Austin talked to several women on Wednesday to get their reactions.
For some of the women, the day is extra special because they are mothers. Meme Styles, a community organizer, said she held her newborn baby daughter while she watched the inauguration. "It's going to be pretty cool to see her grow up under this new world we're moving into," she said.
Nicole Bell is a staff development coordinator at Austin Community College, and she organized a panel of women on Wednesday to talk about Kamala Harris’ historic inauguration. She is also a mother.
"I'm celebrating two things today – I have a ten-year-old daughter whose birthday is today, and she aspires to be president," said Bell. "When I was 10, that would've never been one of the things I aspired to because I hadn't seen it happen."
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FOX 7 Austin also spoke to local young women with their careers ahead of them.
"It was really inspiring to see someone in power who looks like me," said Sukeji Tombe, a 12th grader at Ann Richards School for Young Woman Leaders.
Lizbeth Frausto, also a senior at Ann Richards, said she decided to pursue a career in politics over the summer when she observed racial unrest across the country.
"The model of Ann Richards and now Kamala Harris gives me even bigger initiative, motivates me so much to pursue those dreams."
Amy Kroll recently founded the LBJ Women’s Campaign School at UT Austin with the specific intention of helping women get into politics. The timing could not have been better.
"We just graduated the first class and now she's being sworn in, Kroll said. "It's truly been a historic time for this program to launch."
She said they specifically opened up the application period for the incoming class yesterday because of today’s event.
Though they don’t believe the work to enact change is done, all of these women voiced a common theme of hope.
"Being a black woman in a position of leadership, there are so many barriers stacked against you," said Styles. "So with having this black woman at this position right now, I feel such a relief, I feel like the opportunities as a black woman are boundless."