Democratic women are wearing white to Trump's State of the Union address as a shoutout to the women's suffrage movement
Dozens of women lawmakers wore white to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday. The move is both a nod to the suffragette movement as well as a show of solidarity among Democratic women. Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib wore traditional white outfits honoring their cultural heritage.
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Democratic women from the House and Senate are wearing white to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address as a nod to the suffragette movement. The move is both to honor the movement, which paved the way for women to vote, as well as a show of solidarity among the Democratic women in Congress.
We’re ready in our suffragette white for tonight’s State of the Union. #WomenUnited pic.twitter.com/prl9Gz1Nqs — Rep. Debbie Dingell (@RepDebDingell) February 4, 2020
The Democratic Women's Caucus organized the effort, which included several notable representatives including Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib who wore traditional outfits honoring their heritage.
Yes sis, our presence is resistance 💪🏽 I am wearing my Ayeeyo’s Cambuur garbeed and bringing the Arawelo spirit to the people’s house. #firsts #RepresentationMatters #SOTU https://t.co/xOkZRB432y pic.twitter.com/a7GHiEo1uY — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 5, 2020
Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan wrote that her decision to wear white was a call for equal rights.
Today, I #WearWhite with @HouseDemWomen because women have been at the forefront of the fight for equal pay, affordable health care, repro freedom & safety from violence and discrimination. We demand equality because women’s rights are human rights! #WomenUnited pic.twitter.com/xTX6P3HV47 — Brenda Lawrence (@RepLawrence) February 4, 2020
"Women have been at the forefront of the fight for equal pay, affordable health care, repro freedom & safety from violence and discrimination," Lawrence wrote. "We demand equality because women's rights are human rights!" The lawmakers also wore white to honor the 100th anniversary of the ratification of 19th amendment, which allowed women to vote.
Why are we wearing Suffragette white to the #SOTU? 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave some women the right to vote. That was just the beginning though. Our rights are still not guaranteed in the Constitution. That's why we need the #ERANow! pic.twitter.com/b8J5Geh4T8 — Chellie Pingree (@chelliepingree) February 5, 2020 Rockin our all-white outfits at #SOTU for two reasons: ☝️Honoring the 20th Century Suffragettes who coined the all white look.✌️Reminding you that you can’t ignore the force that is women in Congress. pic.twitter.com/StKM2JcsjS — Rep. Susie Lee (@RepSusieLee) February 5, 2020
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