Women are donating the pantsuits they wore on Election Day in honor of Hillary Clinton

Women are donating the pantsuits they wore on Election Day in honor of Hillary Clinton
Source: AP
Source: AP

On Nov. 9, women across the United States wore pantsuits to the polls as they cast their votes for Hillary Clinton, a self-professed "pantsuit aficionado" on Election Day.

Some wore white pantsuits, in honor of the Suffragettes, while others opted for suits in one of the many shades Hillary Clinton has worn herself.

The movement to wear pantsuits was originally promoted by the secret Clinton-loving Facebook group and community Pantsuit Nation, which was first created to boost the idea that people should wear pantsuits while voting for Clinton as a special ode to her. 

But now, of course, we all know what happened. The pantsuits people might have worn while voting are now shrouded in different emotions than they expected. Yes, there's historic weight because this was what they wore while voting for a female president for the first time, but things didn't pan out as they had hoped. 

Now, as a way to give back to the community, one woman has suggested that people donate the pantsuits they wore when they voted for Clinton.

Meena Harris, a Pantsuit Nation member, wrote in Lena Dunham's newsletter Lenny Letter about the idea. 

"In 2016, too many women still struggle to raise their families," Harris wrote. 

They are disproportionately minimum-wage workers who juggle multiple jobs to make ends meet, and they still don't earn equal pay. The pay gap for women of color isn't just a gap, it's a canyon. Hillary understood that until women can achieve educational opportunities and reach financial independence, they cannot realize their full potential.

Because of this, Harris wrote, she wants to give back in a way Clinton would surely appreciate. 

"As a way of honoring Hillary's public service — while recognizing the roads we still must travel, as well as the great service Pantsuit Nation has provided me in affirming the goodness, optimism, and generosity in all of us when we unite in common cause," Harris wrote, "I'm starting a Pantsuit Drive." 

Harris's own drive is based out of San Francisco and Harris said that she'll be donating all the pantsuits she receives to organizations across the country that help poor and homeless women with job interviews. 

Now, the pantsuits they once wore to show support for Hillary can go on to help more women achieve their own dreams of getting a job they want as well. 

"So many of us continue to strategize about how to move forward in ways that personify Hillary's selfless public service, personal fortitude, intelligence, and extraordinary resilience," Harris wrote. 

The Pantsuit Drive is only one small act, but in a world that too often questions the true value of women and girls, it is an immediate and relatively easy action that will provide direct assistance to women who need it most. The economic empowerment of all women helps puts all of us on a path to achieving full equality.

On Monday, the founder of Pantsuit Nation, Libby Chamberlain, posted about the drive as well, asking members in a blog post to think about donating their pantsuits not only to Harris's pantsuit drive in San Francisco, but to organizations like Dress for Success or their local clothing donation center. 

As Chamberlain said: "On election night, while many of us (myself included) were hanging up our newly purchased or recently unearthed pantsuits to watch the returns come in, an estimated 500,000 people in America were homeless — spending the night in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, or unsheltered." 

Donating their pantsuits seems like the least they could do. 

You can read Harris' entire post on the Pantsuit Drive here

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Rachel Lubitz

Rachel is a senior Style writer at Mic. She previously worked for The Washington Post's Style section for more than three years. Feel free to contact her at rachel@mic.com.

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