Women in Black: Congressional Democrats Make Powerful Statement for #MeToo Movement

"I am wearing black to #SOTU in support of victims of sexual violence, including the 19 women who have accused @realDonaldTrump of sexual misconduct," tweeted Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA).

They may not have been wearing designer gowns, but the room full of congressional women who showed up for the State of the Union address on Tuesday night outfitted in all-black ensembles as a gesture of solidarity with victims of sexual harassment gave us flashbacks to Jan. 7's Golden Globes, when Hollywood's brightest stars turned the red carpet black.

Representatives including Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Lois Frankel (D-FL), who orchestrated the #SOTUBlackout, as well as Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other members of the Democratic Working Women's Group gathered early Tuesday to pose for photos in their black pantsuits and skirt suits to show support for the victims of sexual misconduct — including the 19 women who have accused President Donald Trump himself of sexual harassment.

Also spotted on the women supporting the #SOTUBlackout were the Time's Up pins designed by costume designer Arianne Phillips (pins can be purchased online for $12 each, and all proceeds benefit the organization which provides legal aide to women battling sexual harassment in the workplace), as well as red pins reading "Recy" in honor of the late Recy Taylor, whose niece joined the members of Congress for the group photo. Taylor, whose courage in standing up to the six white men who raped her in 1944 helped provide a spark for the Civil Rights movement, was lauded by Oprah Winfrey during her Golden Globes speech. 

Purple ribbon pins were also spied on the lapels of some congress members in recognition of the opioid crisis. 

"We wear black to send the message that we support the right of everyone to work and live in an environment where they feel safe and are safe," wrote Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) on Twitter. "I’ve been humbled by the brave women who came forward and shared their stories of harassment."

Women weren't alone in wearing black. Some male representatives, including Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD), followed the ladies' lead by wearing black suits and Time's Up pins.