The Important Reason Women In Congress Are Wearing White

#WomenWearWhite is now trending on Twitter…

congress white

by Emma Firth |
Published on

As President Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress yesterday, you may have spotted the majority of the (66) female democrats wearing white for the big event and posting pictures with the hashtag #WomenWearWhite. Why? To honour women’s suffrage in the 20th century.

According to CNN: ‘It’s a nod to the women's rights movement in the early 1900s - which encouraged its supporters to dress in white as a representation of purity.' For the big event Melania Trump opted for a sequinned black dress, whereas Ivanka Trump wore a red dress.

‘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,’ Florida Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel, the chair of the working group, said in a statement. ‘And we will continue to support the advancement of all women.’

And the choice of colour has further significance as Hillary Clinton wore a white pantsuit and matching cashmere coat by Ralph Lauren to Donald Trump’s inauguaration.

Political dressing is not a recent phenomenon, but it would be pretty hard to ignore the subtle symbolism worn on the red carpet, runway and now, in Congress.

One look can speak volumes.

READ MORE: Hillary Clinton: 'We Have Not Shattered The Glass Ceiling, But Someday Someone Will'

READ MORE: 33 Empowering Quotes That Will Make You Proud To Be A Woman

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us