By Jonathan Borge
From the editors of InStyle US
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movement has officially reached D.C.
California Democrat and U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier is urging her female and male colleagues to wear black, just as Hollywood’s stars did at the 2018 Golden Globes, at President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech on Jan. 30 to show support for victims of sexual harassment.
Speier took to Twitter to suggest the dress code on Wednesday.
‘My colleagues and I in the @HouseDemWomen are calling on our fellow MoCs—women & men, Democrats & Republicans—to wear black to this year’s #SOTU in solidarity w/survivors of sexual harassment/violence in Hollywood, politics, the military, academia, etc. #TIMESUP #MeToo,’ she wrote, tagging the Twitter page for the Democratic Women’s Working Group, an organisation made up of Democratic women in the House of Representatives.
‘This is a culture change that is sweeping the country, and Congress is embracing it,’ Speier told HuffPost.
Shortly after Speier tweeted, several political figures like Congresswoman Lois Frankel supported her on social media. ‘By wearing black to this year’s #SOTU, the @HouseDemWomen are standing in solidarity with women across our nation to say: #TimesUp on sexual harassment in the workplace,’ Frankel wrote.
Alyssa Milano, who fuelled the #MeToo hashtag, reacted, writing, ‘Time’s Up.’
In 2017, Speier shared her own story of sexual harassment and said that a staffer on Capitol Hill ‘held my face, kissed me, and stuck his tongue in my mouth.’
She previously spoke to Time about her efforts to enforce stricter sexual harassment policies. ‘We say we have zero tolerance for that, but what does zero tolerance mean,’ she said. ‘They’re meaningless words if you’re not willing to say, ‘We’re not going to allow this to go on here.’’
Multiple women have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct. He previously called the accusations ‘100% fabricated and made-up’ and later said they were ‘false allegations and outright lies.’