Here's why Democratic women wore white to the State of the Union

Credit: Carolyn Kaster

Credit: Carolyn Kaster

During Tuesday's State of the Union address, it was hard to miss the dozens of Democratic congresswomen wearing white in the audience.

It was more than a simple wardrobe choice. According to CNN, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, chair of the House Democratic Women's Working Group, said last week that members would don the color as a tribute to the suffragette movement and the record number of women in Congress.

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"I'm looking forward to wearing suffragette white to #SOTU next week with all @HouseDemWomen!" Frankel, D-Florida, tweeted Jan. 30. "We'll honor all those who came before us & send a message of solidarity that we're not going back on our hard-earned rights!"

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On Tuesday night, photos of the women in white flooded Twitter:

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