Democratic women will wear white to Trump's congressional address

On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump made his first official address to the nation at a Joint Session of Congress, forgoing the standard State of the Union address. The group focuses on women's rights for issues such as affordable health care (including Planned Parenthood) and equal pay.

"I'm wearing suffragette white for Trump's #JointSession in honor of the generations of women who marched & fought for our sacred rights", tweeted Rep. Barbara Lee. Currently, there are 66 Democratic women in the House, which includes delegates. "But it also shows we don't want to go back, we want to go forward [with women's rights]". According to the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage's statement of goal, the colors were chosen deliberately: purple for "loyalty, constancy to objective, unswerving steadfastness to a cause", gold for "the color of light and life and "the torch that guides our objective". She also wore white at other major moments during the presidential campaign, including when she became the first woman to accept a major party's presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia past year.

Women in the House Democratic Caucus will be wearing white during President Trump's joint address to Congress on Tuesday in honor of women's suffrage. The small, but noticeable gesture - used by Hillary Clinton throughout her campaign - was in support of women's rights.

  • Salvatore Jensen