What Are You Wearing To Vote?

by Devon Preston

As many of you may know, it is illegal to wear apparel that references a specific political candidate at polling centers. While that means that we will be relieved from seeing “Make America Great Again” hats, in return Hillary supporters won’t be able to visually indicate that they will be voting for Madame President. Supporters of Hillary, however, may not be able to wear buttons or shirts that say #imwithher, #hillyes, or #lovetrumpshate—there are ways to skirt around this rule and show support in an overt fashion.

Hillary Clinton

One of the most obvious ways to show your love for HRC is to wear a pantsuit, yet we understand that not everyone has one in their closets. But did you know that white is the official color of women’s suffrage? Therefore, the easiest way to show that Hillary has your vote is to pay homage to suffragettes by wearing white from head-to-toe. Long before Diddy’s white parties, the suffragettes wore all white to signify the purity of their political message.

Shirley Chisholm

Women in politics have been wearing white to pay respect to the suffragette movement for almost a century. In 1968 for example, Shirley Chisholm wore white when she became the first African-American woman elected to congress; then in 1984 Geraldine Ferraro wore white when she was the first woman elected as the Democratic Party’s Vice Presidential nominee. Now in 2016, Hillary Clinton wore white pantsuit during her final presidential debate to acknowledge the incredible progress that women in this country have made since they first fought for the right to vote at the beginning of the 20th century.

Geraldine Ferraro

This election is significant for many reasons, but above all, it is the single most important election in history for women. Never before has a woman been this close to the presidency and on November 9th, we will (hopefully) have our first female president. So show some support for the women who made it possible to have a female POTUS by wearing white to vote tomorrow.

Photos via Museum of London, Eunique Jones, Hillary Clinton, www.history.com

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