Women Wore White at the State of the Union Address for This Empowering Reason

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The 2019 State of the Union address was met with a sea of white. 

The women of Congress wore the color on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., in solidarity with women and female empowerment. From blouses to blazers, the white-out ensembles made a powerful statement. 

White is historically associated with the suffragette movement, and 2019 celebrates the centennial year of the passing of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi donned a white blazer, gold brooch and colorful necklace. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota went for a patriotic combination with a blue hijab, red quarter-length sleeve top and white belted trench dress. 

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Ilhan Omar at State of the Union
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"2019 is the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York told CNN. “There’s so much more that we have to fight for, from wage equality to paycheck fairness to protecting ourselves and believing survivors. And I think that this is a really amazing opportunity. We have a very large number of women, a record number certainly in the freshman class, that have been elected to Congress this year and I think it shows that over a hundred years this battle and this fight for women's equality has been long and it's been difficult, but it has reaped many rewards in our democracy." 

The 29-year-old lawmaker made headlines with her chic cape jacket, which she paired with a matching tank, trousers, brown suede pumps and her signature gold hoop earrings and bold red lips. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in white cape jacket at State of the Union
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The fashion-forward piece had everyone talking on social media, even comparing the first-time congresswoman to Scandal's Olivia Pope and Game of Thrones' Daenerys Targaryen. 

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