Democratic women wear white in show of solidarity with suffrage movement

Democratic women in the House are wearing white in honor of women's suffrage to President Donald Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress.

The look was a throwback to women who donned white during demonstrations demanding the right to vote in the early 1900s.

In the wake of America's first almost-female presidency, clothing choices took on a whole new meaning, especially when Hillary Clinton lost the general election last November.

Rep. Lois Frankel, who organized the effort of resistance in white, is the chair of the House Democratic Women's Working Group, which is made up of the 66 Democratic women in the House.

Michelle Lujan Grisham from New Mexico said 10 of her group's members invited people who had been or could be personally impacted by Trump, including two children of recently deported immigrants and a green card holder from Sudan, according to the news network.

"For tonight's #JointSession, our suffragette white represents our commitment to defending women's rights now and always", Meng tweeted before the speech.

However, as the results of the Electoral College came in, many were saddened at the direction the nation seemed to be moving towards. On January 23, Trump reinstated the "global gag rule" also known as the "Mexico City Policy", which stripped non-governmental organizations around the world of aid, if they offered or even mentioned abortion in their published materials. Since then, the color white has become the ultimate color of women's empowerment and hope.

Keep fighting, ladies. Your voices matter and your show of courage on Tuesday did not go unnoticed.

  • Larry Hoffman