The State of Union Address is set for Jan. 30th.
It is an annual message presented by the President of the United States, to a joint session of the United States Congress. Typically, the president’s purpose in the address is to highlight his agenda on national priorities; and give a review of what has occurred in the past year.
POTUS 45 is anything but typical. As a result, it is yet to be determined how he will do in his first address.
Some women of the Democratic congress plan to wear black in support of the #MeToo movement during Donald Trump’s first State of the Union. According to NBC News, two Democratic congresswomen told the media that there had been discussions about bringing women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct to the nationally televised address. That idea was cancelled. Although his particular accusers will not be in attendance, Democratic representatives plan to invite women, who have been victims of sexual harassment, as well as #MeToo founder and social activist, Tarana Burke.
The #MeToo movement is a fight for justice and equality. It takes a stand. Many would agree that the movement is second age feminism. Burke, who is currently the Senior Director for the Brooklyn based, Girls for Gender Equity, created the hashtag to raise awareness about sexual abuse in society.
In the wake of Harvey Weinstein‘s laundry list of sexual misconducts in Hollywood, actress, Alyssa Milano, encouraged women to use the hashtag. It gave many women a voice and brought awareness to an important issue. TIME Magazine named the #MeToo women 2017’s People of the Year. It has garnered support from several big names in Hollywood. Oprah Winfrey joined the women on the cover of TIME Magazine as well. During the 2018 Golden Globes, several women wore black in support of the #MeToo movement. Democratic women of congress plan to take a page out of Hollywood’s book and follow suit.