Women wore white at the State of the Union to highlight a historic first

Vox – By Li Zhou – Feb 05, 2019


Trump surprised by response from women in white during State of the Union address

A sea of Democratic women in white was meant to draw attention to the growing ranks of women in Congress.

Tuesday’s State of the Union featured a striking visual: row after row of women lawmakers in the audience wearing white to honor past suffragists.

The decision to wear white was a coordinated effort among Democratic women as they sought to make a statement about representation — and it was exceedingly noticeable because of the historic number of women involved.

There are currently a record-breaking 102 women serving in the House of Representatives, 89 of whom are Democrats and 13 of whom are Republicans. The House Democratic majority is also led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the first and only woman ever to hold the position. In the Senate, 25 women are currently serving as well.

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