The Real Reason Women Wore White At SOTU Address
If you watched the State of the Union address Tuesday night you may have noticed many things.
But one thing that stands out is that many women were dressed in white. What was the reason behind doing this?
The request to do so actually came last week from Representative Lois Frankel when she invited women to wear white attire.
Frankel posted the reasoning on Twitter,
I’m looking forward to wearing suffragette white to
#SOTU next week with all @HouseDemWomen! We’ll honor all those who came before us & send a message of solidarity that we’re not going back on our hard-earned rights!
I'm looking forward to wearing suffragette white to #SOTU next week with all @HouseDemWomen! We'll honor all those who came before us & send a message of solidarity that we're not going back on our hard-earned rights!https://t.co/CVPLLIunde
— Rep. Lois Frankel (@RepLoisFrankel) January 30, 2019
According to Fox News,
This is the second time female lawmakers were encouraged to don white while watching the high-profile speech in person. After Trump’s inauguration in 2017 and the massive Women’s March on Washington that followed, Frankel decided to call on colleagues to show solidarity.
Back at that time, Frankel had told USA Today, “We wear white to unite against any attempts by the Trump administration to roll back the incredible progress women have made in the last century, and we will continue to support the advancement of all women. We will not go back.”
Here is a tweet from 2017 when it occurred previously,
— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) February 28, 2017
It can also be noted that newly elected Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore white during her swearing-in ceremony earlier this year.
Ocasio-Cortez explained the meaning behind her swearing-in outfit in a tweet. “I wore all-white today to honor the women who paved the path before me, and for all the women yet to come. From suffragettes to Shirley Chisholm, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the mothers of the movement.”
I wore all-white today to honor the women who paved the path before me, and for all the women yet to come.
From suffragettes to Shirley Chisholm, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the mothers of the movement. ⬇️ https://t.co/GBfSSYxbek
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 4, 2019
So to sum it all up, it’s a feminist thing. Fighting for women’s rights that they already have.