Why Do Women Wear Purple On International Women's Day?

On Election Day 2016 it was white, at the Emmys it was women wearing black, and on International Women’s Day, today March 8, women wear purple.

Purple is the official color of International Women’s Day, founded more than a century ago after some 15,000 women marched in New York City to demand better working conditions and voting rights. The current iteration of the day is intended to celebrate women’s social, economic, and political achievements and to call for gender equality.

Who can forget the women who wore black for #MeToo movement back in January for the Emmy Awards. Their beautiful black ensembles was a sign of protest against Hollywood’s institutionalized sexism.

Fun Fact:

"If the choice of purple sounds familiar, it may be because Clinton wore a suit with a vibrant purple lapel as she gave her concession speech on November 9, 2016. Her husband Bill wore a matching purple tie. At the time, commentators suggested that the color was an acknowledgement of the shade’s ties to the suffrage movement or its significance in Methodist tradition as a sign of royalty and penitence, since Clinton is Methodist."
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