As the women stepped out for the joint session of Congress, 106 of them came out in all-white ensembles — a choice made to reference the suffragette movement. In demonstrations and parades in the early 20th century, suffragettes would wear white dresses in hopes of getting their photos printed in the newspapers.
Tonight, there was sea of women dressed in sleek white ensembles.
Among them was Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who broke up her white pantsuit with a black and red necklace. Pelosi wore tan stilettos on her feet.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also stepped out in white, wearing a fitted shirt, flared trousers and a cape. She pulled together her look with brown pumps and a pair of hoop earrings.
Meanwhile, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz selected a double-breasted white blazer. The former Democratic National Committee Chair accessorized with a heart-shaped pendant around her neck.
This is not the first time Democratic Congresswomen have used the State of the Union to make a sartorial statement.
Last year, they all wore black, a decision made to show solidarity with the #MeToo and Time’s Up Movements. Many women also elected to wear red pins reading “Recy” in 2018 in support of Recy Taylor, an Alabama woman who was raped by six white men in the 1940s. Oprah had talked about Taylor’s legacy at the Golden Globes earlier that month.
In 2017, the women wore white as they did this year.
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