Women in White a solid message from Democratic women during Trump’s joint address to congress: we “stand in solidarity with the women of our nation.
The Chairwomen of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, including Rep. Lois Frankel, (D-Fla.) inked a letter explaining “We decided as a caucus that we wanted to be respectful and dignified. We’re not going to wave signs,” the choice to wear white also stems from a place of “dignity,” she says.
“Women all over this country are terrified right now,” Frankel says. “They’re afraid of losing access to reproductive choice, afraid of Planned Parenthood getting defunded, afraid of an Affordable Care Act repeal, and losing access to affordable birth control.” Specifically, those in white will be showing their support for access to affordable healthcare, a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions, equal pay for equal work, paid family leave, and more, Frankel explains.
“We’re wearing suffragist white for today’s #JointSession as part of our pledge to fight for equal pay, family leave & more!,” wrote Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Twitter, using the hashtag #WomenWearWhite.
The intent behind it was further confirmed by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), who tweeted: “See the people wearing white? Those are House Democratic women proudly honoring the suffrage movement.”
The color white holds a profound historic meaning for the suffragettes, who dressed in white to symbolize femininity, purity and high morals.