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Lawmakers wear white to State of the Union to show solidarity with women

Dozens of lawmakers appeared at the Capitol on Tuesday dressed in white to show solidarity with women ahead of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally 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.

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: McConnell says he would give Trump-backed coronavirus deal a Senate vote | Pelosi, Mnuchin see progress, but no breakthrough | Trump, House lawyers return to court in fight over financial records Progress, but no breakthrough, on coronavirus relief McConnell says he would give Trump-backed coronavirus deal a vote in Senate MORE (D-Calif.), who will be standing behind Trump as he gives his address, was seen in pictures wearing all white.

"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 LawrenceHillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers Lawmakers call for expanded AI role in education, business to remain competitive The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep 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.

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"To an administration that has closed its eyes to women, we will be seen," Lawrence said.

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerTop Democrats introduce resolution calling for mask mandate, testing program in Senate Trump orders aides to halt talks on COVID-19 relief This week: Coronavirus complicates Senate's Supreme Court fight 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 PhillipsPelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking Chamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch Trump orders aides to halt talks on COVID-19 relief 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 FrankelShakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Hillicon Valley: Democrats demand answers over Russian interference bulletin | Google Cloud wins defense contract for cancer research | Cyberattack disrupts virtual classes 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.