Democratic women are wearing white to Trump’s State of the Union address as a shoutout to the women’s suffrage movement

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Representative from Minnesota Ilhan Omar and Democratic members from the House of Representatives wearing white attend the State Of The Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 4, 2020. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images
  • 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 honouring 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 honour the movement, which paved the way for women to vote, as well as a show of solidarity among the Democratic women in Congress.

The Democratic Women’s Caucus organised the effort, which included several notable representatives including Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib who wore traditional outfits honouring their heritage.

Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan wrote that her decision to wear white was a call for equal rights.

“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 honour the 100th anniversary of the ratification of 19th amendment, which allowed women to vote.

Many women Democratic lawmakers – and at least one Republican – also wore white during last year’s event.