For this year’s State of the Union address, which started at 2am GMT, women from across the political divide were invited to wear white. They were asked to wear the colour to honour the legacy of women’s suffrage in the US. The sartorial choice was designed to send a clear message to the world about the number of elected women in US democracy.
The tradition of wearing white to honour women’s suffrage dates back to almost a century ago to the women’s suffrage movement in the US.
But it was chosen for tonight’s address mainly for aesthetic reasons due to it standing out.
The working group’s chair, Republican Lois Frankel, told CNN: “Wearing suffragette white is a respectful message of solidarity with women across the country, and a declaration that we will not go back on our hard-earned rights.”
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