The Pussyhat Project is hoping to turn Washington, D.C. into a sea of pink as an estimated 200,000 women descend on the nation’s capital for the Women’s March.
It’s been a flurry of knit one, pearl two. Those fighting for human rights and equality for women in the U.S. and around the world have been busily knitting and crocheting pink, cat-eared hats since Thanksgiving weekend.
“People get to connect with individuals by knitting a hat they know someone else is going to wear,” says organizer Alexandra Arnhold with the Pussyhat Project, whose goal it was to make 1.17 million hats. “And then the march — part of it ties it all together into this huge force that’s like immovable.”
The project is the brainchild of friends Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman who wanted to come up with a way for women to express their opposition to Donald Trump’s presidency, while also encouraging people to turn their frustration with the current political climate into activism during the next four years.
The women chose to call it the Pussyhat Project as a play on words to reclaim ownership of the word “pussy” that has become a derogatory term for female genitalia.