Democratic women in the House are planning to wear white during President Donald Trump’s first joint Congressional address on Tuesday evening.
The effort is being led by Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., chair of the House Democratic Women’s Working Group. There are 66 Democratic women in the House, including delegates.
“We wear white to unite against any attempts by the Trump administration to roll back the incredible progress women have made in the last century, and we will continue to support the advancement of all women,” Frankel said in a statement.
The color white was associated with the women’s suffrage movement. According to the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage, white represents “purity” and symbolizes the quality of their purpose.
— Rep. Lois Frankel (@RepLoisFrankel) February 28, 2017
The Democratic Women’s Working Group said wearing white would also be a symbol of standing “in solidarity with the women of our nation.”
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., also posted a picture of herself, saying she was wearing suffragette white to honor “the generations of women who marched and fought for our sacred rights.”
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) February 28, 2017
During last year’s presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton wore white at several of her most notable moments.
Clinton wore white the night she officially accepted the nomination at the Democratic National Convention, as well as the night she faced off against Trump in the final presidential debate.
The former secretary of state also dawned white on the day of Trump’s inauguration, on the eve of the Women’s March on Washington.
Along with representing the suffrage movement, at least a dozen Democratic lawmakers plan to bring undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children in order to protest Trump’s immigration policies.
So far only one lawmaker, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., has announced plans to boycott the speech altogether.
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