Monday, 21 January, 2019

Female lawmakers plan to wear black to Trump's State of the Union

Female lawmakers plan to wear black to Trump's State of the Union Female lawmakers plan to wear black to Trump's State of the Union
Melinda Barton | 11 January, 2018, 18:20

This year's State of the Union address may feature more black outfits than usual. The decision came in response to a growing national conversation about sexual harassment and assault that began in the wake of allegations against Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The choice to wear black echoes the move of Hollywood celebrities donning black ensembles for Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, an outcry against sexual harassment in the movie industry and across the nation.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tweeted her support Wednesday and Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) tweeted that she will be wearing black to the event.

USA lawmakers have been grappling with the issue.

Last month, 56 members of the DWWG issued a formal request calling for a congressional investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Trump.

Democratic members of the House of Representatives have extended invitations to sexual assault survivors so the issue can be highlighted in front of the world. Sixty-six of them are Democrats.

Trump, who has been accused of sexually harassing or assaulting almost two dozen women, will hold the address on January 30.

Trump has infamously been credibly accused of sexual assault and misconduct by multiple women, and has admitted in a recording that he sexually assaults women. After all, she was the one to come forward and uncover the pervasive sexual misconduct in Congress. Capitol Hill has always been plagued by sexual harassment and expensive settlements with the victims of the men in office, and Speier was a key player in uncovering that shame.

So far, Speier says, support for the attire is high.

The #MeToo movement exemplified formidable female (and male) solidarity against chronic sexual harassment and assault that females have endured for decades in many, if not all, sectors of society where they regularly interact with powerful men.