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Why Did Women Wear Purple at Biden’s Inauguration?
백선우 강남포스트 학생기자 | 승인 2021.02.16 19:54

What caught the public's attention at Joe Biden’s Inauguration day was Vice president Kamala Harris, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and former first lady Michelle Obama dressed in purple. More than the fact that many women wore purple as a dress code on this day, there are a few things to focus on what the color purple symbolizes.

As popularly known, the mixture of red and blue is purple. However, it might be new to you that red, a color of republican added to blue, a color of democratic, results as a color of purple, symbolizing bipartisanship. However, this is not the only reason that purple showed the uniqueness of women in the United States in politics. According to the National Park Service, the suffragettes chose the color purple in 1908 to represent “the royal blood that flows in the veins of every suffragette, the instinct of freedom and dignity.” Even before Suffragettes were associated with white, they used purple while campaigning for women's right to vote. Moreover, the fact that Kamila Harris’s outfit was designed by two black designers, Christopher John Rogers and Sergio Hudson emerged and added more uniqueness on the inauguration day.

 

https://www.standard.co.uk/insider/fashion/kamala-harris-michelle-obama-purple-inauguration-meaning-b900515.html


Overall, it is significant to realize and understand that the powerful symbol of purple emerged in the historical moment of the U.S, including new changes happening over the world, such as Kamala Harris becoming the first female, first black and first Asian-American vice president of the United States.


 

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