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 TrumpTrump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace' Conservation remains a core conservative principle 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 FrankelOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — FDA issues proposal to limit sales of flavored e-cigs | Trump health chief gets grilling | Divisions emerge over House drug pricing bills | Dems launch investigation into short-term health plans Dems call on Trump to fire Acosta Lawmakers wear white to State of the Union to show solidarity with women 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-CortezEx-GOP lawmaker Handel to run for her former Georgia seat in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Mueller report is huge win for President Trump This week: Congress set for next stage of Mueller probe fight 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 ClintonGraham: McCain 'acted appropriately' by handing Steele dossier to FBI Why Mueller's hedge on obstruction decision was a mistake Giuliani says news media treat Dems better than GOP 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.