Democratic congresswomen stood in unity with their statement-making fashion choice at President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address in Washington, DC, on 6 February.
Tiffany Trump, daughter of the US president, donned an all-white outfit at the State of the Union – the same colour numerous female Democratic lawmakers chose to make a reference to the suffragette movement.
Tiffany, who prefers to stay under the radar unlike her half sister Ivanka, appeared to be the only female member of the Trump family to wear white.
Social media users speculated whether Tiffany’s ensemble had a political significance, and was an intentional statement, or was chosen by a twist of fate.
The chair of the House Democratic Women’s Working Group encouraged members to wear “suffragette white” to President Trump’s second State of the Union address to honour the legacy of women’s suffrage and “send a message of solidarity that we’re not going back on our hard-earned rights”.
The decision to wear white was made as lawmakers sought to make a statement about record-breaking female representation in Congress: there are currently 102 women serving in the House of Representatives (89 Democrats, 13 Republicans).
The House Democratic majority is led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the first and only woman ever to hold the position. Some 25 women are currently serving in the Senate as well.