The Pussyhat Project
A year ago, the Women's March was the largest single day of protest in U.S. history. At many of the marches, women, femmes, and their allies chose to wear pink hats. We wanted to know more about how this symbol came to be, so we spoke to the creators. This is the origin story of the Pussy Hat Project.Posted by One Vote at a Time on Friday, January 19, 2018
What is The Pussyhat
The Pussyhat launched November 23, 2016 in anticipation and commemoration of the Women’s March on Washington. The Pussyhat formed with two aims:
1. Provide the people of the Women’s March on Washington a means to make a unique collective visual statement (a sea of pink hats) which will help activists be better heard and
2. Provide people who cannot physically march on the National Mall a way to represent themselves and support women’s rights by creating and gifting Pussyhats.
Underlying this project is the idea that in the process of making Pussyhats, participants would be connecting with each other and laying the groundwork for future political activism.
A movement grows, and even the successful ones have to start somewhere
How the Pussyhat went from 1 person to millions:
November 8, 2016: So first, there was me. Utterly depressed. Wondering what was happening in this world, mourning Hilary's loss.
November 12, 2016: I was on a road trip with my family for my parents' wedding anniversary. I guess I get my best ideas in the car or in the shower. I got the idea for the Pussyhat and texted Kat Coyle, my knitting teacher, immediately (with lots of emojis!).
November 16, 2016: Jayna Zweiman (architect, activist, crocheter), joins Kat and me at The Little Knittery in Los Angeles - the knit pattern comes together! The manifesto is started! The framework is planned!
November 18, 2016: Aurora Lady comes on board to illustrate the Pussyhat manifesto and do visual branding. She helped bring "the sea of pink" to life via her illustrations - helping people see it before it became real.
November 22, 2016: Molly McKnight, just 19 years old, across the country in Reston, VA (about an hour outside DC), volunteers to handle the packages of hats to distribute at the march.
Stefanie Kamerman Photography, Community Organizing
Liz Leong PR
Millions of people
A lot of people cannot believe that “the woman who created the unofficial uniform of the march” and “the woman who created the unofficial anthem” are In Real Life actual honest-to-goodness friends!
Connie Lim aka MILCK (seen here on the Samantha Bee show) is the first person I spoke out loud to about my idea, and we all know how special that is, that moment you first give voice to an idea, when it's still so young and unsteady on its feet. MILCK's song "I Can't Keep Quiet" was the viral women's rights anthem of the 2017 Women's March.