Happy Election Day! It’s time to breakout the pantsuit — if you’re into that — and for the future President of the United States! This Super Tuesday, several Clinton supporters are breaking post-Labor Day fashion rules and voting in all-white for an amazing reason. Find out why!v
Whether you noticed it or not, Hillary Clinton wore a white pantsuit on several occasions while campaigning for her presidency. Most notably, she wore a bright white suit to accept the Democratic nomination in August. However, what many don’t know is that this small gesture is a nod to the colors of the National Women’s Party of 1916, which fought for women’s right to vote. On Election Day, Nov. 8, people are donning white to the polls to pay homage to the women who did not have the chance to vote 100 years ago.
The first female vice presidential candidate for a major party, Geraldine Ferraro, started this trend in 1984 when she wore white to the DNC to accept her nomination. Hillary followed suit and wore white to the DNC, as well as to the final debate.
Across social media, people are tagging #WearWhite and #WearWhiteToVote to raise awareness of this special day in history, where, for the first time, a woman has huge potential to be the President of the United States. According to the history of the National Women’s Party from the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument in Washington, a mission statement from the suffragist group stated, “White, the emblem of purity, symbolizes the quality of our purpose.” The groups other colors included purple, the color of loyalty, and gold to represent “the torch that guides our purpose.”
The National Women’s Party site claims these three colors together are “the standard for justice to the race, for democracy that is real and whole, not hesitant and partial.” Today, voters are taking that to heart, voting to move history forward and practicing their democratic rights that many once did not have. Amazing.
HollywoodLifers, make sure you get out and vote today!