Donned white, democratic women at SOTU mark historical strides

The 2019 State of the Union (SOTU) address by President Donald Trump was unique in that it was a rare case of democratic women giving a standing ovation to words said by Trump.

Trump took the time to highlight historical strides made by women in the United states on matters gender equality at the workplace and women’s democratic rights.

“No one has benefitted more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the newly created jobs last year,” said Trump, “All Americans can be proud, that we have more women in the work force than ever before.”

He further elated the room, commemorating a century’s anniversary since women in the United States acquired the hard-earned suffrage rights, as well as the novelty of majority women in congress.

“Exactly one century, after congress passed the constitution amendment, giving women the right to vote. We also have more women serving in congress than at any time before,” added Trump.

In ecstasy, the conspicuous crowd of democratic women donned in white clapped chanting, “USA! USA!”

The color white was deliberately selected as it has also been used in political history by suffragists, to champion for women’s right to vote.

1915: From left to right, Mrs James Leeds Laidlaw, Mrs Albert Plimpton, Mrs A Hughston, Mrs Frank Stratton and Helen Rich lead the Manhattan Delegation on a Woman Suffrage Party parade through New York. (Photo by Paul Thompson/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Washington Post reveals that; in demonstrations and parades, the suffragists wore white dresses meant to generate photo coverage in the daily newspapers. White symbolized purity and contrasted with the flag’s darker colors.

Similarly, Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to become a vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket in 1984 wore white to deliver her acceptance speech.

Hillary Clinton wore white to accept the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, to the last presidential debate and to Trump’s inauguration.

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