Dem congresswomen plan fashion statement for State of the Union event

BY TRACY MATHESON / JANUARY 10, 2018 /

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Democratic women in Congress intend to imitate a fashion statement made at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards and wear black to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on January 30.

According to Rep. Jackie Speier, D.-Calif., the Democratic Women’s Working Group, which includes all of the Democratic women in the House, strongly supports the “wear black” initiative, NBC News reported.

“This is a culture change that is sweeping the country, and Congress is embracing it,” Speier said Tuesday.

Speier and the other members of the DWWG have invited men and women of both parties to join them in wearing black to the State of the Union address.

In support of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, many women and several men dressed in black for the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday in Beverly Hills, California, a demonstration of solidarity with victims of sexual misconduct.

The women of the DWWG have previously joined together to make a fashion statement. In February 2017, many of the congressional Democratic women wore white to Trump’s first joint address to Congress, labeling it “suffragette white,” in support of the women’s rights movement which has, in the past, encouraged its supporters to wear white as a representation of purity.

At the time, the Democratic members of Congress dressed in white to show support for Planned Parenthood, affordable health care, reproductive rights, equal pay, paid leave, affordable child care and “lives free from fear and violence,” according to a statement from Florida Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel, the chairwoman of the group.