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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Dem Congresswomen Make Political Statement With Special Outfits During Trump's SOTU

March 3, 2020
In The News

For the second year in a row, a number of Democratic congresswomen decided to wear white while attending the State of the Union address. The choice of outfit was intended for the celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote after its 1920 ratification. The outfit choice was organized by the Democratic Women’s Caucus, with the aim of sending “a strong, unified message of persistence in fighting for the people.” According to Suzanne Leonard, a Simmons College professor and director of the graduate program in gender and cultural studies, the powerful image presented by the 90 members of the DWC was their opportunity to “present their dissent without words.” Last year, Democratic Congresswomen also wore white. Rep. Brenda Lawrence stated that it was “in solidarity with the women of the suffrage movement who refused to take no for an answer,” adding, “To an administration that has closed its eyes to women, we will be seen.”