In the waning hours of the 2016 election, women endured one more dig.
In a story published by Bloomberg Businessweek, Brad Parscale, the digital director of Donald Trump’s campaign, compared forecasting today’s election outcome to “predicting your wife’s mood.”
“You have no idea what you’re going to get until you get home,” he said.
The quote was all too representative of the election’s treatment of women—retrograde, tone-deaf, and altogether insulting to a constituency that will determine today’s result.
But lest we end this campaign cycle on such a sour note, while Parscale was setting women back decades, elsewhere, a group of women was doing just the opposite—celebrating progress.
A growing online movement is urging women to wear white clothing to polling places today in a nod to the suffrage movement of the early 1900s whose members also donned white. The idea gained traction after Hillary Clinton chose an all-white pantsuit for the third and final presidential debate.
Some early voters have already posted selfies of themselves, clad in white, after casting a ballot. Yes, many of them are Clinton supporters, but others don’t proclaim an affiliation. “Very proud & emotional to stand with dozens of women young & old honoring women before us who fought for our right to vote,” said one Twitter user, pictured in a sea of white blouses. The trend is a show of solidarity and a much-needed acknowledgement that women have actually come much farther than this campaign’s rhetoric implies.