Democratic group asks women to wear white to State of the Union
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The House Democratic Women’s Working Group is inviting female members of both parties to wear white to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE’s State of the Union address next week.

“Wearing suffragette white is a respectful message of solidarity with women across the country, and a declaration that we will not go back on our hard-earned rights,” the group’s chairwoman, Rep. Lois FrankelLois Jane FrankelDemocratic Women's Caucus calls for investigation into Epstein plea deal Epstein death sparks questions for federal government Attorney General Barr 'appalled' by Epstein death in federal custody MORE (D-Fla.), told CNN, noting that the current Congress holds the record for the number of women members. 

The group also coordinated with Democratic women in 2017 during Trump’s joint address to Congress to promote their support for a number of women’s issues, including equal pay and reproductive rights. 

Individual women in politics have also taken to wearing white during significant moments to pay homage to the suffragette movement. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezStudents retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas MORE (D-N.Y.) wore white when she was sworn into Congress this month, saying she wanted to “honor the women who paved the path before me, and for all the women yet to come.” 

 

Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Hickenlooper announces Senate bid MORE also wore white when accepting the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

Members were invited last year to wear black during the State of the Union to express solidarity with the "Me Too" and "Time's Up" movements.