Dozens of lawmakers appeared at the Capitol on Tuesday dressed in white to show solidarity with women ahead of President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE's State of the Union address.
A majority of the lawmakers who dressed in white were Democratic women, whose outfits are a nod to the suffragette movement of the early 20th century.
Photos on social media showed groups of lawmakers posing in their all-white ensembles hours before Trump is slated to give his speech.
The state of the union (at the Capitol) is ... crowded. pic.twitter.com/g7qtdxIvM7— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) February 5, 2019
House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats face critical 72 hours Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — 'Too late to evacuate' after wildfire debris Greene fined a third time for refusing to wear mask on House floor MORE (D-Calif.), who will be standing behind Trump as he gives his address, was seen in pictures wearing all white.
House Democratic women pose pre-SOTU in suffragette white pic.twitter.com/YCURcy5gTi— Mike DeBonis (@mikedebonis) February 5, 2019
"Today we stand together wearing white in solidarity with the women of the suffrage movement who refused to take no for an answer," Rep. Brenda LawrenceBrenda Lulenar LawrencePatience with Biden wearing thin among Black leaders Democratic anger grows over treatment of Haitian migrants Black Caucus meets with White House over treatment of Haitian migrants MORE (D-Mich.), a leader of the Democratic Women's Working Group, said at a press conference on Tuesday surrounded by other female House Democrats wearing white.
"To an administration that has closed its eyes to women, we will be seen," Lawrence said.
House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDemocrats ready to put a wrap on dragged-out talks Pelosi: Democrats within striking distance of deal Powerful Democrats push back on one-year extension of child tax credit MORE (D-Md.) was seen handing out white ribbons for men in the Democratic caucus to wear to the State of the Union.
At least one male lawmaker, Rep. Dean PhillipsDean PhillipsPhotos of the Week: Congressional Baseball Game, ashen trees and a beach horse Biden visits Capitol with agenda in the balance House Democrats to hold second meeting amid impasse MORE (D-Minn.), showed up to a House Democratic lawmaker group photo Tuesday afternoon wearing a white suit.
Last week, the House Democratic Women’s Working Group urged female members from both parties to wear white to Tuesday's State of the Union.
Group chairwoman Rep. Lois FrankelLois Jane FrankelDemocrats repeal prohibition on funding abortions abroad Investing in child care paves the way to a better economy Democrats introduce equal pay legislation for US national team athletes MORE (D-Fla.) said the outfit choice “is a respectful message of solidarity with women across the country.”
Democratic women in 2017 also wore white during Trump’s joint address to Congress to show their support for women’s issues, including equal pay and reproductive rights.
Trump's State of the Union that year came just weeks after his inauguration and the massive Women’s March protests that followed.
The 116th Congress has a record number of 127 women lawmakers.