What The Women In Congress Wore To Their Swearing-In — & What It Means



The new Congress looks more like America than ever before, with a historic number of women and increased representation for Muslim-Americans, Native Americans, and other marginalized groups. Make no mistake, it\'s still largely dominated by older, white men — just check this calculator to see how much of Congress actually looks like you — but Thursday\'s swearing-in ceremony showed just how far we\'ve come.It\'s not about checking some \"identity\" box, as some conservative commentators would have us believe. It\'s about continuing the work of dismantling white supremacy in this country and giving a voice to those who have been historically overlooked by elected officials.A new Congress begs for a new dress code, and while suits and pearls are still very much in, an increasing number of women — especially the new class in the U.S. House of Representatives — wore clothing that represents their culture or has a larger symbolism. It\'s not just fashion — it\'s a day on which they kn

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