Hillary’s choice of purple during her concession speech was no accident.
When Hillary Clinton accepted her nomination for president at the Democratic National Convention in July, she wore white–the color worn by Suffragettes. Today, while giving her concession speech after Donald Trump won the presidency, she wore a Ralph Lauren pantsuit in purple. Bill Clinton wore a matching tie. The significance of her choice was not lost on viewers, who pointed out several possibilities of its symbolism on Twitter. Here they are:
Purple is a symbol of bipartisanship
Red + Blue = purple and swing states are referred to as “purple” states. Perhaps this was a subtle call for unity, which echoes sentiments from her speech. “We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought,” she said, “But I still believe in America, and I always will.”
Purple is a color of the Suffragette movement
Along with white, the Suffragette flag featured purple with gold. According to the National Woman’s Party, “purple is the color of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause.”
Purple is the color of the anti-bullying movement in LBTQ communities
Purple was the color GLAAD encouraged millions of people to wear on Spirit Day back in October to show support for LGBTQ youth. Many politicians, including President Obama, took part. It’s fitting, since Clinton has been outspoken in her support for this community, as she said in 2011 “To LGBT men and women worldwide, let me say this: wherever you live and whatever the circumstances of your life, whether you are connected to a network of support or feel isolated and vulnerable, please know that you are not alone.”