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 TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants 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 PelosiCalifornia Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry California Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments 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 LawrenceLee Zeldin responds to Ilhan Omar accusing him of 'bigotry' Lee Zeldin responds to Ilhan Omar accusing him of 'bigotry' Ilhan Omar: Endorsement of Black-Jewish Caucus 'isn't an endorsement of Zeldin's bigotry' 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 HoyerThe case for congressional pay raises Approve USMCA before it's too late Lawmakers push to permanently ban automatic pay raises for members of Congress 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 PhillipsThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage push 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 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.) 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.