No matter what your political views may be, there's no denying the fact that Hillary Clinton's candidacy for president of the United States will be remembered as one of the most important moments in women's history. And it's safe to say that she will be on everyone's minds on March 8, aka International Women's Day.
If there's anyone who knows the monumental impact that wearing a certain colour can have, it's Clinton. It's not a coincidence that she chose to almost exclusively wear bright, solid colours while on the campaign trail and in her years in the public eye leading up to the election—including her time as first lady.
According to the National Woman's Party, "Purple is the colour of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause." It's also the colour of dignity and self-respect, and it signifies bipartisanship. All of these are likely reasons Clinton chose to wear it for her concession speech and in repeat past occasions. Not only that, but it was one of the three colours adopted by the suffragettes.
The symbolism of wearing all white also harks back to the suffragette movement, when women were strongly encouraged to wear white. According to a quote in The Guardian by Valerie Steele, the director of the Museum at FIT, "White has connotations in the west of purity and virtue, this idea of being the good guy." Added Steele, "Certainly the suffragettes were aware of that when they wore white—they were good people too; why shouldn't they have the right to vote?"
We'd definitely recycle this chic little dress for St. Patrick's Day.
Remember those pink hats everyone wore to women's marches around the U.S. on January 21? The hue is unapologetically feminine and represents compassion and love. Clinton has chosen shocking pink on multiple occasions over the years, including for her most recent public appearance: a dedication ceremony for a series of stamps honoring Oscar de la Renta.