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The color Hillary Clinton wore for her concession speech is connected to a powerful movement

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the New Yorker Hotel on November 9, 2016 in New York City. Hillary Clinton conceded the U.S. Presidency to Republican challenger Donald Trump.
(Nov. 8, 2016 - Source: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America).
Hillary Clinton made her concession speech dressed in purple — and it all has to do with the historic women's suffrage movement.

White and purple (along with green) were official colors for the Suffragettes: according to The Telegraph, Pethick Lawrence, the honorary treasurer of the Women's Social and Political Union established the colors as such back in 1908. 

In particular, purple held special meaning as "the royal color," standing "for the royal blood that flows in the veins of every suffragette, the instinct of freedom and dignity." 

Contrasting with white standing for purity and green standing for hope, purple standing for dignity is a concept nicely in line with Clinton's incredibly gracious and inspiring concession speech.

Clinton wore an impeccably tailored pantsuit with strikingly purple lapels paired with a purple blouse, and her husband Bill Clinton wore a purple tie to match. Running mate Tim Kaine's wife Anne Holton also wore a long purple vest (though Kaine himself went for some good old fashioned Democratic blue stripes, tie-wise). During and after the speech's live broadcast, a few other members of her campaign could also be spotted in various shades of purple. (source).


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton concedes the presidential election as (L-R) Marc Mezvinsky, Chelsea Clinton, Bill Clinton, Tim Kaine and Anne Holton listen at the New Yorker Hotel on November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset.
(Nov. 8, 2016 - Source: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America)


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