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To honor the suffragettes, women around the US are casting their ballots in all-white

Lucy Bonner of Brooklyn, N.Y., poses Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, dressed in white after voting for Hillary Clinton. Some Clinton supporters wore the color white in honor of the suffragettes, who wore white when they fought for women's right to vote in the early 1900s. There was also a movement among some Clinton supporters to wear pantsuits Tuesday in a nod to Clinton's usual outfit, including a Facebook group called Pantsuit Nation. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz
A woman in Brooklyn who voted for Hillary Clinton showing off the day’s big fashion trend: all white everything.
By Marc Bain
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

American women are celebrating. For the first time in history, they have the option to vote for a woman as the presidential candidate of one of the major parties.

To commemorate the historic moment, many are heading to the polls to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton wearing all white, the color the women’s suffrage movement often symbolically wore in marches and demonstrations in its long battle to secure voting rights. (Though, as many are pointing out, suffragette leaders were crusading mostly for the right of white women to vote, not all women.)

Women of all ages, races, and ethnicities are sharing pictures of themselves and their voting outfits on social media using the hashtag #WearWhiteToVote. The images run the gamut from joyous to proud to playful—and while it’s certainly not the top priority on a historic day like today, they have some great style, too.

Some chose throwback looks recalling what the suffragettes themselves wore.

Many mothers brought their daughters with them, even those too young to vote.

And guys showed their solidarity, too.

Wearing white wasn’t the only way Americans commemorated the day. Crowds have turned up at the graves of suffragette Susan B. Anthony, continuing what’s become a tradition of putting their “I voted” stickers on her tombstone.

For many Americans, whether they support Clinton or not, this election day has been more than a hundred years in the making.

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