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Dems Wore White to Trump’s Speech to Honor These Women

Democratic congresswomen at President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress wore white to pay homage to the suffragettes who fought for the right for women to vote in America. Here's a look at some of the leading suffragists whom Congress representatives were paying tribute.

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A New Jersey congressman takes a group photo of women, all Democratic members of Congress, wearing all-white for President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"We wear white to unite against any attempts by the Trump administration to roll back the incredible progress women have made in the last century, and we will continue to support the advancement of all women," Rep. Lois Frankel, leader of the House Democratic Women's Working Group, said in a statement. "We will not go back."
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The women's suffrage movement sought the right to vote for women in the 1800s and early 1900s. In this photo from the late 1910s, three suffragists, two women and a man, stand in the rain outside the White House grounds protesting for women's suffrage.
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Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) was a founder of the women's suffrage movement. As a member of the Equal Rights Association and founder of the National Woman Suffrage Association, she pushed for a constitutional amendment to elevate the status of women. She published "The Revolution," a radical newspaper, that was edited by colleague Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In this photo, she sits at a desk around 1868.
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) was a founder of the women's rights movement. She wrote "The Declaration of Sentiments" which called for legal, political and social change to elevate the status of women in 1848. In partnership with Susan B. Anthony, she was instrumental to the early suffragist movement through her written work.
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Alice Paul (1885-1977) was a lawyer and political strategist who dedicated her life to issues pertaining to women's equality. Jailed in England for her participation in the suffrage movement abroad, Paul returned to the U.S. to co-found the Congressional Union in 1913, with the purpose of lobbying for a suffrage amendment to the Constitution. She was a leader of picketing in front of the White House and non-violent protests. In this photo, she is sewing the flag of women's suffrage.
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Lucy Burns (1879-1966) co-founded the Congressional Union and the National Woman's Party with Alice Paul. She led lobbying at the National Woman's Party and edited the party's journal, "The Suffragist." She spent more time in prison than any other suffragist, according to the National Women's History Museum.
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Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) challenged racial and sexual discrimination through her writing. As a young woman, she wrote under the pen name "Lola" to expose lynchings in the South. As a suffragist, Wells marched in national parades and founded the first black suffrage organization, Alpha Suffrage Club of Chicago, and helped found the NAACP.
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Alva Belmont (1853-1933) was a wealthy New York socialite and women's suffrage supporter. After the death of her husband in 1908, she became a major financier of and writer for the movement. Belmont paid for the New York headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and its press bureau. She went on to found the New York Political Equality League and later became president of the National Women's Party.
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Alice Stone Blackwell (1857-1950) was a suffragist newspaper editor of "Woman's Journal," a women's rights newspaper founded by her mother. She wrote arguments for women's suffrage which were published in the paper.
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Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947) directed the National American Woman Suffrage Association and founded the League of Women Voters in 1920. Following the death of her husband, George Catt, she was left with the financial stability to dedicate her life to women's suffrage and equality. She was part of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance, which set to spread suffrage worldwide.
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Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) was at the forefront of organizing full suffrage for African-American women. She lectured around the country to voice the need for black women to vote as part of efforts to move toward racial equality. She was president of the National Association of Colored Women, and once the 19th Amendment was passed, she dedicated her life to civil rights issues.
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Jane Addams (1860-1935) was a social worker and suffragist who founded the Woman's Peace Party in 1915 and was the first president of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in 1919. Addams also created the pioneering settlement house Hull House in Chicago and helped found the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 in recognition for her peaceful activism.
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Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) was the first female member of Congress. Before she was elected to the House of Representatives, she was a lobbyist for the Nation American Women Suffrage Association. In this photo, she walks down the steps as she leaves the White House in 1917.
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Suffragist Lucy Gwynne Branham (1892-1966) as she poses with a poster in 1919.
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