Female lawmakers to dress in black during State of the Union

At Sunday's Golden Globes gala scores of celebrities wore black and donned

Representative invites Congress to wear black to Trump's State of the Union address

US President Donald Trump holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, January 10, 2018.

Female lawmakers in Washington are calling on colleagues to wear all black to President Donald Trump's State of Union address at the end of the month - on behalf of victims of sexual harassment.

"I don't remember female Dems wearing black to Bill Clinton's State of the Union addresses", one critic said on Twitter. The decision came in response to a growing national conversation about sexual harassment and assault that began in the wake of allegations against Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Ms Speier's office said that she and other members of the House Democratic Women's Working group are inviting others - both men and women, Democrat and Republican - to dress black at the speech. Sixty-six of them are Democrats.

President Trump faces more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct, but has called the reports "false" and "fabricated".

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Trump has infamously been credibly accused of sexual assault and misconduct by multiple women, and has admitted in a recording that he sexually assaults women.

Last year Speier acknowledged that she was a victim of sexual assault on Capitol Hill when she was a young congressional aide.

Earlier this week, women and men in Hollywood chose to don black at the Golden Globes and stand together in support of the Time's Up movement, an initiative which protests harassment, discrimination and abuse.

The #MeToo movement saw women all around the world coming forward to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault, proving how widespread and pervasive rape culture can be.

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