The Most Significant Colors to Wear on International Women's Day
No matter what your 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 U.S. women’s history. And it’s safe to say that she will be on everyone’s minds on March 8, International Women’s Day.
If there’s anyone who knows the monumental impact that wearing a certain color can have, it’s Clinton. It’s no coincidence that she chose to almost exclusively wear bright, solid colors while on the campaign trail and in her years in the public eye leading up to the election—including her time as first lady.
Similarly, the colors you choose to wear—on International Women’s Day especially—undoubtedly will carry an unspoken meaning that’s louder than words. (Remember when everyone in the world was talking about the meaning behind Clinton’s decision to wear purple for her concession speech?)
Read on to learn more about the five Hillary Clinton–approved colors that will make the most impact on March 8 and shop some of our favorite options in each hue.
Red is a color that can’t be ignored. It forces people to stop and pay attention. Clinton fittingly chose this strong, powerful hue for the first presidential debate in September.
According to the National Woman’s Party, “Purple is the color of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause.” It’s also the color of dignity and self-respect and signifies bipartisanship. All of these are likely reasons Clinton chose to wear the color for her concession speech and in other past occasions. Not only that, but it was one of the three colors adopted by the suffragettes.
The symbolism of wearing all white also harks back to the suffragette movement, when women were strongly encouraged to wear it. 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.” She added, “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?”
Another signature color of the suffragette movement was green, which Clinton has worn on multiple occasions. Green stands for hope, which is why Pantone chose it to be 2017’s Color of the Year.
Remember those pink hats everyone wore to Women’s Marches around the country on January 21? The color is unapologetically feminine, and it represents compassion and love. Clinton has donned bright 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.
What color will you be wearing on International Women’s Day? Tell us in the comments!
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