PURPLE REIGN

And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams. – Hilary Clinton

There she stood; the woman who to many was a symbol of hope, the woman who to many deserved to be the first female president of the world’s leading superpower, the woman who was meant to break the glass ceiling once and for all.

Many are disheartened by Hilary Clinton’s defeat by the Republican’s misogynistic and racist candidate, Donald Trump. But Hilary, in her concession speech, reminded the world yesterday that we must not lose hope, we must fight on united and stronger than ever. I believe that many young women like myself will find hope in her conscious decision to show the world that she’s not done fighting for women’s rights, evident not only in her inspiring words but through the colours she chose to wear. There she stood this beaming beacon of hope in a Ralph Lauren pantsuit with a bright purple lapels partnered with a silk purple blouse. Her husband, Bill Clinton, also coordinated with his wife wearing a vibrant purple tie. The Clinton’s choice to wear purple was no coincidence. Firstly, if you combine the colours red (Republicans) and blue (Democrats) you get purple. Here, Hilary can be seen as promoting a sense of unity among the American people. Secondly, the colour purple was used by the global suffrage movement in the late 19th and early 20th century as a symbol of dignity. In this Hilary is sending a message to all women, across the globe, not just American women by using this symbol of the universal suffrage movement.

What Hilary went through yesterday is what women across the world experience daily. Everyday highly qualified women and members of other minority groups lose out to educated males in employment and the likes. And if they are successful they are often seen merely as a tick in the box of diversity, a necessity to meet a diversity quota.

In this time of uncertainty, we must not let fear consume us. We must remember how much we have achieved as women and what other minorities have also achieved. We must be ready to face the challenges ahead. We must remember that love trumps hate. Hilary and the efforts of women and public figures of other minority groups have made a crack in the glass ceiling. They have given us the tools to break it and when we do let’s make sure it shatters.

 

 

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