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Democratic women plan all-black fashion statement for State of the Union

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US Democratic Representative from California Jackie Speier speaks during a House Administration Committee hearing on "Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Congressional Workplace" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Nov. 14, 2017.Nicholas Kamm / AFP - Getty Images

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WASHINGTON — Taking their cue from the Golden Globes, a group of Democratic women in Congress plans to wear black to President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Support for the symbolic protest is high within the Democratic Women's Working Group, which includes all of the Democratic women in the House, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., told NBC News earlier this month.

Photos: Black is the new black at Golden Globes

"This is a culture change that is sweeping the country, and Congress is embracing it," Speier said.

Speier said that she and the other members of the women's group were inviting men and women attending — both Democratic and Republican — to join in.

Dozens of actresses and several men dressed in black for the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 7 in Beverly Hills, California, in a statement of solidarity with victims of sexual misconduct as part of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.

Image: Mariah Carey, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone and Billie Jean King
Mariah Carey, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone and Billie Jean King at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday.Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

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