When President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, he will be met with a large contingent of women members of Congress wearing white in tribute to the suffragettes and to honor the voters who sent them to retake Congress in November.
Florida Rep. Lois Frankel, chairwoman of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, took to Twitter to encourage women to join the movement:
“We’ll honor all those who came before us & send a message of solidarity that we’re not going back on our hard-earned rights!” tweeted Frankel.
I'm looking forward to wearing suffragette white to #SOTU next week with all @HouseDemWomen! We'll honor all those who came before us & send a message of solidarity that we're not going back on our hard-earned rights!https://t.co/CVPLLIunde
— Rep. Lois Frankel (@RepLoisFrankel) January 30, 2019
The participating Congresswomen have been sharing pictures of themselves in their suffragette white all day on social media.
— Jan Schakowsky (@janschakowsky) February 5, 2019
— Rep. Doris Matsui (@DorisMatsui) February 5, 2019
The women of the #116th were asked to wear white tonight in tribute to the #suffragetes Tonight, I honor women like #AlicePaul who led the movement & women like #IdaB who were excluded from it. Kente cloth & the color white. Holding space for both #womanists & #feminists, always. pic.twitter.com/kaPQGb65Et
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) February 5, 2019
— Nita Lowey (@NitaLowey) February 5, 2019
Women belong in the House – working on national security issues.
— Rep. Abigail Spanberger (@RepSpanberger) February 5, 2019
With more women in Congress than ever, we're wearing suffragette white to the #SOTU to remind Trump that we will not let our hard-earned rights be rolled back or undermined. pic.twitter.com/uixFX7W5Bh
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) February 5, 2019
Even once they were inside the chamber:
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) February 6, 2019
Including, of course, Speaker Pelosi:
— ABC News (@ABC) February 6, 2019
And people were feeling the love.
— Michael Nangle (@mnblueray) February 6, 2019
Y'all look fabulous…
— Ima Platypus ©️ (@ultralite001) February 6, 2019
Way to go ladies!
— Blue Girl in a Red State (@BlueGirlsRule) February 6, 2019
People we so here for it.
At first I thought the better option was not to go to the #SOTU2019 but then I realized how much it might scare Trump to see a bunch of #strongwomen in white all up in his audience. Muahaha… #NotMyPresident #gethimladies #suffragettewhite https://t.co/OAGYzcGNvw
— I can't, my plants need me. (@MyPlantsNeedMe) February 2, 2019
— ＫＡＴＲＩＮＡ•ＬＡＷ (@katrinalaw) November 9, 2016
Although some felt that a different costume would have been more appropriate.
And some said it wasn’t enough.
Dress in red hooded robes. pic.twitter.com/4X3ezIpawM
— XY Nurse #Resist (@Goofydad) January 30, 2019
— Kelli Richardson (@KellisassyRic) January 30, 2019
Apparently the women of the House are going to wear suffrage "white" to tonight's SOTU address.
I think it would make a better photo if they all wore outfits from the "Handmaid's Tale".
White would threaten frightened men, but they'd be humiliated by the other. pic.twitter.com/XBfC24vaQQ
— bob timmerman (@SquatloBob) February 5, 2019
Trump may be displaying the names of his donors during the speech, but we’re looking forward to a display of women in white, and the message it sends, at tonight’s State of the Union address.