Washington, D.C. was awash in a sea of pink “pussyhats” last Saturday as over half a million protesters marched in defense of women’s rights. This was exactly what Krista Suh, a Los Angeles-based screenwriter, had hoped for.
Suh started the Pussyhat Project with a group of friends after deciding that she wanted to do more to help the Women’s March on Washington, which she always knew she would attend. Realizing she would be freezing marching through the streets of D.C., she came up with the idea of the pink ‘pussyhats’ which, she told a film for the Atlantic, could act as a positive symbol of femininity. “Femininity” Suh noted, “whether it’s in a man or a woman, is really disrespected in our society.”
She published an easy-to-follow knitting pattern for the hats online and was overwhelmed by the thousands of women who signed up to make the pussyhats.
“What we’re trying to do with this project is embrace pink, embrace the name ‘pussyhat,’ and not run away from that.”
Watch the film online at The Atlantic.