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 TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address 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 — Senators unveil sweeping bipartisan health care package | House lawmakers float Medicare pricing reforms | Dems offer bill to guarantee abortion access Republicans amp up attacks on Tlaib's Holocaust comments Overnight Health Care: Biden backs Medicare buy-in | New warnings as measles cases surpass record | House Dems propose M to study gun violence prevention 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-CortezGOP amps up efforts to recruit women candidates Ocasio-Cortez, progressives trash 'antisemitic' Politico illustration of Bernie Sanders Biden under pressure from environmentalists on climate plan 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 Clinton2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding Hillary Clinton slams Trump for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign 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.