Following Hillary Clinton’s decision to wear a white suit while accepting the Democratic nomination (and later, donning another to Donald Trump’s inauguration), women wearing white at political events has been a hot topic of late, with many a publication wondering if the color choice was a deliberate one, meant as a nod to the suffragettes. Tonight, during Trump’s speech to congress, there was no mistaking that politics were being vocalized sartorially, with a mass group of Democratic congresswomen wearing white ensembles.
“Tonight, our Democratic #WomenWearWhite in support of women's rights—in spite of a @POTUS who doesn't!” Nancy Pelosi tweeted out along with a picture of the group together. There was one interesting outlier: Elizabeth Warren, the senator who sparked a wave of feminist support when she was silenced in senate earlier this month. Warren wore purple—the other major color used to unify the suffrage movement in both the United States and England.
In a sea of dark suits, the Democratic women stood out. They were visible in their solidarity. They were highlighted when they would not stand or applaud. And it was a very clear, deliberate choice, that these women were aligning themselves with countless others throughout history who would not give up on equal rights.