Hillary has been killing it lately with her fashion choices. But no outfit had more meaning for us than the white suit she wore when accepting the nomination this Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Admit it, she looks amazing:
In her white suit, with her white crew neck underneath, Mrs. Clinton looked supremely unflappable: perfectly tailored and in control. Not a hair out of place (but some hair nicely waved). The kind of person who could carry the nuclear codes with aplomb.
Apparently Hillary’s choice to wear a white suit was a nod to suffragettes of the past. White, along with gold and purple, were the official colors of the suffragist movement, specifically the National Woman’s Party. An early mission statement for the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage claimed:
The colors adopted by the union are purple, white and gold, selected for the significance they bear in the work the union has undertaken. Purple is the color of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause. White, the emblem of purity, symbolizes the quality of our purpose.
Of course, the white pantsuit also makes us think of another powerful woman who works tirelessly to break through the political glass ceiling:
Scandal‘s Olivia Pope!
Notice the similarity?
We wonder if Shonda Rhimes is aware of the meaning behind the white pantsuit—we wouldn’t be surprised if she did. Rhimes has constantly spoken out against the glass ceiling.
Senior Entertainment Reporter Kevin Fallon of The Daily Beast first made the connection between Hillary’s suit and Olivia Pope’s on Twitter:
Both women look downright unflappable and chic in their white pantsuits, and we’re sure that wherever they are, their suffragette sisters and fellow feminists appreciate the fashion shout out and are smiling as women continue to crash the patriarchy.