Women's History Month

The Powerful Reason These Democratic Women Wore White To Donald Trump's Address

The same reason Hillary Clinton did on Inauguration Day.

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress. If you watched his speech, you may have noticed several members of Congress wearing white. It was all part of a coordinated effort by Democratic women to wear the color, which was worn by suffragettes fighting for the right to vote and has long been associated with the women's rights movement.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi shared two group shots on Twitter earlier in the day announcing the plans, writing, "Tonight, our Democratic #WomenWearWhite in support of women's rights -- in spite of a @POTUS who doesn't."

Other congresswomen shared individual photos of themselves wearing white, and shared their own reasons for standing up for women's rights in spite of an administration that could put them in jeopardy.

"It's really important to show that what candidate Trump said about women and the way that he has behaved toward women in the past is not an acceptable standard for a president," House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairwoman Linda Sanchez told the Los Angeles Times

"We want a visual reminder to him that suffragettes wore white and we are not going to let him take us backward. We are not going to let men dictate the choices that we have in our lives," Sanchez continued. "We are not going to stand for a president that doesn't respect us and take our perspective into account."

The wardrobe choice definitely made a statement, as anyone looking into the crowd — especially the president himself — could see rows of white among dark suits.

It's not the first time in recent months that women have worn white to make a political statement. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wore the color during major moments of her campaign, including her acceptance of the party's nomination and her final debate with Trump. She also wore white to Trump's inauguration last month.

One Election Day in November, many women wore white to the polls as a nod to the suffragettes and to commemorate the first female candidate for a major party, as well as the possibility of electing the country's first woman president. 

ATTN: also points out that white has made appearances in several other significant moments in history, including when Geraldine Ferraro became the first female vice-presidential candidate in 1984, and when Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress in 1969.

Now that's what we'd call a fashion statement.

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