Why Did Women Wear Purple At Inauguration 2021? See The Meaning

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By Nadine Deninno January 21, 2021 | Image Source: NY Post

In a sea of red, white and blue, there’s a whole lot of purple.

Vice President Kamala Harris, former first lady Michelle Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton donned purple, a color used traditionally as a symbol of bipartisanship — a mix of Republican red and Democratic blue — for Inauguration Day.

The color, Vanity Fair reported, also has historically symbolized nobility and was a color favored by the suffragettes, in addition to white.

The color was chosen by suffragettes in 1908, according to the National Park Service, to represent “the royal blood that flows in the veins of every suffragette, the instinct of freedom and dignity.”

Harris, 56, chose a black designer — Christopher John Rogers from Baton Rouge, Louisiana — for her Inauguration Day outfit. The designer previously dressed Beyoncé.

Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris and Michelle Obama are among the women wearing purple at Biden’s inauguration.

Violet also has an extra meaning for Harris, who reportedly used it as a nod to Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for president in 1972 — and often used the color purple in her campaign fliers — under the Democratic Party, and the first black woman elected to Congress, Cosmopolitan reported.

Obama, 57, reportedly wore Sergio Hudson, but opted for a pantsuit — with a statement gold belt — instead of a dress like Harris.

Michelle Obama opted for a purple pantsuit.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren was seen at the ceremony with a lilac scarf tied around her neck.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
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Clinton, 73, also wore purple during her concession speech after losing the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump.

Hillary Clinton’s Inauguration Day look also featured purple.
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Melania Trump, who was seen accompanying her husband, wore black as they left the White House for the last time.

Author: Nadine Deninno

Source: NY Post: Why are so many women wearing purple at Biden’s inauguration today?