The Hidden Meaning Behind Hillary Clinton’s Pantsuit

Hayley FitzPatrick

Hillary Clinton spoke on overcoming obstacles and supporting other women on Tuesday afternoon at the 2017 Girls Inc. New York luncheon in New York City. She was on hand to accept the 2017 Champion for Girls Award from the organization.

Hillary Clinton wore a red pantsuit to the 2017 Girls Inc. New York luncheon in New York City. (Photo: Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton wore a red pantsuit to the 2017 Girls Inc. New York luncheon in New York City. (Photo: Getty Images)

For the speaking engagement, the former secretary of state wore a red pantsuit, which many associated with Clinton’s support of International Women’s Day 2017. The organizers behind January’s Women’s March proposed participants wear the color to symbolize “revolutionary love and sacrifice,” in addition to the “energy and action associated with our will to survive.” Like white, a shade worn by suffragettes (and Clinton and her supporters throughout her campaign), red also has a long history as the color adopted by labor movements worldwide.

Many on social media were quick to notice the color choice and took to Twitter and Instagram to commend Clinton for her support of women.

In fact, many of the attendees at the luncheon wore red in support of Women’s Day.

Our amazing National Scholars at today's New York Luncheon #championforgirls

A post shared by Girls Inc. (@girlsinc) on Mar 7, 2017 at 8:25am PST

At the event, Clinton urged women to be supportive of one another. “Let us hope there is a wave of young women running for office in America. And let’s be sure we support them in every way we can. Let’s help them shatter stereotypes and lift each other up,” she said.

She also spoke on the tremendous support she has received in the past few months since losing the election.

“Now, I have had my ups and my downs. In the last months I have done my share of sleeping, a little soul searching and reflecting, long walks in the woods, and in those moments I am thankful for my own village, my community and family and friends who have supported and encouraged me,” she said. “I have also been buoyed by the love and support that I have received by the young women I have mentored over my lifetime. They inspire me every day.”

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