Why was purple significant at the inauguration?

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U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff arrive to the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. During today’s inauguration ceremony Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) — Inauguration Day took its place in history with several influential women wearing purple to mark its significance.

Newly sworn-in Vice President Kamala Harris, former first lady Michelle Obama, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren wore the color of bipartisanship.

Made up of a mix of red (Republican) and blue (Democrat), the hue was represented as Harris and President-elect Joe Biden officially took their oaths of office Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

The color, along with gold and white, also represents the suffragette movement.

“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; and gold, the color of light and life, is as the torch that guides our purpose, pure and unswerving,” according to a newsletter from the National Woman’s Party in the United States on Dec. 6, 1913.

Harris, the first Black and south Asian woman to become vice president, wore designs by Black designers Christopher John Rogers and Sergio Hudson that included a violet jacket paired with her signature pearl necklace — an ode to her Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority — and purple gloves.

Obama’s outfit, reportedly also by Hudson, featured a magenta-colored jacket with matching turtleneck sweater and wide-leg trousers.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) arrives at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, DC. D (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Clinton donned the color in one of her signature pantsuits, while Warren tied a lilac scarf around her neck.

CNN’s Abby Phillip also noted that the color is a nod to Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress, whom Harris has honored before.

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