The Pussyhat Project is looking to put a pink cat-ear hat on the head of every woman, feminist, and ally at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21. Founded by a band of knitters, the Los Angeles–based outfit wants to provide activists with the means to present a “unique collective visual statement” as they protest Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric one day after he’s sworn in as America’s 45th president. For anyone who’s heard the President Elect’s lewd remarks about a certain part of the female anatomy, the “pussy” symbolism is pretty self-evident. As for the pink? “Pink is considered a very female color representing caring, compassion, and love—all qualities that have been derided as weak but are actually strong,” the Pussyhat Project said. “Wearing pink together is a powerful statement that we are unapologetically feminine and we unapologetically stand for women’s rights.”
STITCH AND BITCH
The group invites makers everywhere to knit or crochet at hat, if not for themselves then for a marcher or someone else who won’t physically be there on the National Mall but wants to show his or her solidarity.
There’s power in the handmade, it said, noting that it’d like to garner 1.7 million hats.
“Knitting and crocheting are traditionally women’s crafts, and we want to celebrate these arts,” the Pussyhat Project said. “Knitting circles are sometimes scoffed at as frivolous ‘gossiping circles,” when really these circles are powerful gatherings of women, a safe space to talk, a place where women support women.”
Because anything handmade shows a “level of care,” pairing the march with an item born of a tradition that has been passed down from one generation of women to another is particularly apropos
“The more we are seen, the more we are heard,” the group added. “Let’s come together to support women’s rights in a creative and impactful way.”