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 TrumpFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment 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 PelosiDemocrats sharpen their message on impeachment Congress hunts for path out of spending stalemate Siren song of impeachment lures Democrats toward election doom 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 LawrenceThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Dems unveil impeachment measure; Vindman splits GOP Michigan House Democrats plan vigil for Iraqi man who died after deportation Democrats warn of Trump trap 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 HoyerCongress hunts for path out of spending stalemate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington braces for public impeachment hearings This week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry 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 PhillipsDemocrats lead Trump by wide margins in Minnesota Democrats eye Pompeo testimony The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to hit gas on impeachment 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 introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Overnight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Impeachment inquiry overshadows Trump at UN | Veterans push VA to follow through on reforms | Iranian leader open to changes in nuke deal Pelosi to launch formal Trump impeachment inquiry 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.