Female Democratic Party members in the U.S. House of Representatives have decided to wear white, the official color of women’s suffrage, during President Trump’s joint address to Congress on Tuesday.
Many of the female legislators were seen dressed completely in white on Tuesday, as the chamber met in the afternoon. White was chosen as one of the colors of the women’s suffrage movement because it symbolized the purity of their purpose. One of the Dems caught wearing white was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who made history as the first female Speaker of the House.
There are currently 66 women Democrats in the House of Representatives. Four of them are non-voting delegates.
Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) chairs the Democratic Women’s Working Group, and was responsible for coordinating the decision among the other ladies in the House. She had some strong words for the current administration, regarding the decision:
‘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. We will not go back.’
— Rep. Lois Frankel (@RepLoisFrankel) February 28, 2017
The women in the House were not the only ones to use the symbolism of the women’s rights movement. Hillary Clinton decided to wear a white pantsuit to Trump’s swearing in. She also donned white clothing at several other times, including the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia where she became the first woman to accept a major party nomination.
Democrats have been making their voices heard by planning several other acts of protest, which will be on display during President Trump’s first address to Congress.
The protest from women in the House Democratic caucus is one of several from Democrats surrounding Trump’s first joint address to Congress. A dozen or more legislators have asked undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as young children to attend the address as their guests. Other Democrats had the idea to bring along people whose lives were changed by the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) has told press she would not be attending the speech at all.
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