The new Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, the first woman in history to hold the position, chose to wear purple the day she was sworn in in Washington.
He was not the only one.
Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and former First Lady Michelle Obama chose different shades of this color at Joe Biden’s inauguration as president.
Chance? Commentators in the American press do not believe it.
One explanation is that this color was chosen as it A call for unity in a country mired in great political division. Democrats are traditionally recognized by the color blue, while Republicans are recognized by the color red. Purple is the color that results from mixing red with blue.
In the days following the January 6 attack on the Capitol by followers of former President Donald Trump, calls for unity on both sides of the political spectrum multiplied, and the inauguration itself was christened with the slogan “America”. United. “
But there were also those who believed that behind the rise of the color purple there was an implicit feminist message.
Purple or purple is one of the colors traditionally associated with feminism.
As Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Editor at New York timesA 1913 National Women’s Party pamphlet asserted that “purple is the color of loyalty, fortitude of purpose, and firmness in a cause.”
There are also those who saw Harris’ chosen color as an indication of his ideas and political career.
On CNN, commentator Abby Philip said Harris chose the color as a tribute to Shirley Chisholm, the congresswoman who in 1972 became the first African-American woman to run for the White House by competing for the Democratic nomination.
Purple was also the color of Harris’ campaign when he ran in the Democratic primary, in which Biden finally won.
Kamala Harris was sworn in before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and held the second most important position in the US government since Wednesday.
“Even though I am the first woman to hold this position, I will not be the last,” Harris confirmed on November 7 in her first post-election victory, adding, later, “because every girl who watches us sees that this is the country of possibilities.”