On Purple Nails and Reflections about International Women’s Day


I was going to call this ‘randomness’ but then you might not have read it. Nooo don’t stop reading (Enter The Matrix slow movement of Neo, note to self to see if I can get a full-length coat like his but in deep purple instead). Oh yes, purple.

I told Cassidy, whose blog I have been following for a long time now, that I would share a photo of me with my nails. Purple, sparkly, OPI brand, here you go:

Purple Nails and Reflections
Showing my purple nails and Sunday face. Photo via Christy Birmingham (me!)

And then my mind started its usually whirring. More notes to self and such. I mean, it’s Sunday, so it’s a day to rest, right? Nope, apparently not. Does your mind go on its hamster wheel a lot too? I began thinking about purple, the shade of International Women’s Day. It was a #paintitpurple movement earlier this month. Okay, so here’s the thing. I wondered why purple?

To the research task I went, until, I remembered. Resa told me about that. Remember her guest post last year about women’s right to vote? Aha, green, white, and violet were colors worn by women a hundred years ago to signify solidarity. Today the tradition of these colors continues as the official international women’s colors. As per the University of Queensland page on International Women’s Day, purple is “for justice, dignity, self reverence and self respect (and the women’s vote).”

And then, I found this video that served as the International Women’s Day Doodle in 2014. You may remember it or it may be new to you. It features over 100 women in it from around the globe. Inspiring women in the clip (1 min., 26 sec.) include Maria da Penha, a women’s right advocate in Brazil, Dora the Explorer (!!), World Boxing champion Mary Kom, and Maia Sandu, who is the Minister of Education in Moldova. Click here >> for the full list of women in the 2014 Google doodle video for International Women’s Day, if you want to see who everyone is in the video (they’re listed in order of appearance). I hope you enjoy it.

©2015 Christy Birmingham


  1. Christy, your nails look fabulous. (Mine are always awful — i gave up and just paint my toenails). This is a charming post. And a Matrix coat in purple — I’ll have one too please! 😀 Hugs!

  2. I loved the video, and I actually recognized some of the women in there (besides Dora). Oh Christy, your purple nails are gorgeous. I tried purple once on these old wrinklely, spotted hands and they looked awful. Come to think of it, I don’t know of any color that makes my hands look good. A downside of aging.

  3. It’s worthwhile knowing your history on subjects as important as this, and if you can utilise nail polish for the cause then why not. BTW: Most of y’all might already know this but there’s a great trailer doing the rounds for a film (titled simply, Suffragette, I think) due out sometime soon. It looks most interesting.

    • I will look up the trailer for Suffragette, Matthew. I believe it is a British film coming out this year. You’ve reminded me to learn more about it. As for the nails, it was fun to incorporate a bit of my daily life into the blog.

  4. Watching the video, i kept glancing down at my purple nails.
    Christy, my nails are the same color as yours!! It’s not OPI brand, but it sure looks the same shade of purple!
    Also, I am so honored you noted the post I did last year #Green White Violet.
    This is such an awesome blog, and I am so honored to be a part of it_Resa xo

    • Wowowow that’s so cool you and I are matching for nails. I now associate purple with power and love it even more! I loved that guest post from you and thank you again for contributing that here. I send you BIG TIME hugs <3

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