A sea of white punctured the somber mood at Tuesday nights State of the Union address when dozens of newly elected female lawmakers appeared dressed predominantly in white the symbolic shade of the American suffragist movement.
The relief was stark among the vast swaths of dark blue suits, de rigueur for the halls of Congress.
A record 131 women now serve in Congress, representing about 25 percent of the Senate and House of Representatives. Of these women, 108 are Democrats, 23 are Republican.
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