Here’s why these Democratic women are wearing black to the State of the Union
Dozens of female Democratic lawmakers are following the lead of celebrities at this year’s Golden Globe Awards by wearing black to the State of the Union.
On Tuesday afternoon, the female legislators gathered to take a photo of their black outfits adorned with pins to pay homage to the #MeToo and “Time’s Up” movements.
Allegations of sexual harassment have had a big effect on Capitol Hill in recent months, forcing resignations and retirements on both sides of the political aisle as well as ongoing Ethics Committee investigations.
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted that the nation must “recognize and cherish the brave people who stand up to demand their stories be heard.”
The importance of #TimesUp & #MeToo is about more than demanding decency & respect – though that is certainly a major part of it. We must recognize & cherish the brave ppl who stand up to demand their stories be heard. I'm proud to know so many of my colleagues feel the same way. pic.twitter.com/cwXD8t5JVM— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 30, 2018
Representative Katherine Clark of Massachusetts tweeted: “It’s time to address systemic inequality and injustices in the workplace that prevent women from reaching their full potential.”
Look for Members of Congress at #SOTU tonight standing in solidarity with women who experience assault, harassment, and abuse at work. It's time to address systemic inequality and injustices in the workplace that prevent women from reaching their full potential. #TimesUp pic.twitter.com/T7VjrvV3J9— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) January 30, 2018
Representative Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts said she stood in solidarity with those seeking a cultural shift.
Joining my democratic colleagues in wearing black to tonight’s #SOTU in solidarity with those seeking economic security & a cultural shift that enables men and women to work side by side in safety & dignity, free of sexual harassment & paid fairly for the value of their work. pic.twitter.com/M7i9BLstoi— Niki Tsongas (@nikiinthehouse) January 30, 2018