Kavanaugh Vote. Your Voice Matters!

The Kavanaugh nomination has moved out of committee and a vote is planned possibly for Saturday.

If you do nothing else today, call your Senators and let them know how you feel about their planned vote on Kavanaugh (202) 224-3121.


If you were a Senator, wouldn’t you want to know how your constituents feel? If you have a Senator you would like to thank, do!

Your voice, our voices matter.

And to all those in DC physically representing so many of our voices, thank you.

In solidarity,

Jayna

Rock the Vote - Voter Registration Ideas

A Pussyhat Project participant was wondering about how to get involved with voter drives.

Did you know that through Rock the Vote you can start your own?

Here’s the link: https://www.rockthevote.org/action-center/host-your-own-event/

Here's an overview of what you'll get:

  • Our How-To Guide that helps you plan your voter registration drive from start to finish!

  • Rock the Vote logos (and a banner design!) that you can incorporate into your signage, print onto stickers, use on your event materials, and more.

  • Rock the Vote's Social Media Guide, which provides our content and terminology guidelines, our requirements for nonpartisan social media posts, and helpful tips to promote your event.

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League of Women Voters also are a great way to help others get registered to vote and for creating postcards to remind voters to vote: http://www.lwvnyc.org/events.html

Do you have other ways to get involved you want to share? Please do! Shoot me an email and I’ll try to share widely.

In solidarity,

Jayna

Take Action Pussyhat Style

 
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November is coming.

In 2016, about 100 million people eligible to vote didn’t use their power. To put it in perspective: about 66 million voted for Clinton and 63 million voted for Trump. (source:https://brilliantmaps.com/did-not-vote/.)

 
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Even fewer are expected to vote at these midterm elections. This means that every single vote on November 6 counts even more.

In the next 35 days, we can…

REGISTER TO VOTE and MAKE SURE OTHERS ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE, TOO. Voter suppression laws have gotten stronger in recent years, so even if you voted in the last election, make sure everything is good to go. Go to www.vote.org and make sure that you are registered. It only takes two minutes.

SCHEDULE THE TIME TO VOTE. Mark November 6 in your calendar. Make time to get to the polls. Try to go as early as you can. If you cannot make the time that Tuesday, find out about early voting in your area and absentee ballot specifics. Vote.org can help with that, too!

PREPARE YOUR VOTE (YOU CAN EVEN MAKE IT A PARTY!). I’m in California and the ballot is xx pages long. I’m getting together with friends to talk about candidates and referendum issues so I am prepared when I go in to cast my ballot. Print out a sample ballot and fill it in to bring with you. There are elections on the local, state and national level. All of them are important. Remember, even if you don’t like any candidate for a position, someone will win, so pick the person you dislike the least.

BE A VOTING BUDDY. Some people have a work out buddy, why not a voting buddy or buddies? Remind each other to vote. Go to the polls together. Offer a ride, if you can.

CAMPAIGN FOR A CANDIDATE YOU SUPPORT. Contact a candidate you think is or would be a great leader. Get in touch with her headquarters. There are so many types of ways to get involved— canvassing, texting, housing volunteers, writing postcards, etc.

CREATE A PUSSYHAT POLITICAL CIRCLE. A Pussyhat is a gift from one women’s rights supporter to another. It is an act of kindness, and often self-care, and is one way to take part. As you talk about politics, watch hearings, follow the news overall, remember you can create a symbol of support for another supporter. Stay tuned..

AND ON A PERSONAL NOTE..

It has been a gut-wrenching 10 days. As a new mother, I look at my 11-week-old son and think, we must do better.

Dr. Blasey Ford gives me hope. All of the protestors in DC and in Senators’ home offices and in airports give me hope. We deserve leaders with integrity and character who will represent us, respect us, and fight for us.

And we need to elect them into office on November 6.

In solidarity.

Jayna

 
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The Project of Pussyhat

There have been critiques about Pussyhat Project and whether Pussyhats should be included in some of the 2018 women’s marches. Some feel that the pink color of the hat excludes people of color from the project. Some feel that the hat is a literal symbol of female anatomy, promoting Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism (TERF). Thank you for speaking up with your criticisms. We hear you.

The founding principles of Pussyhat Project are inclusivity, compassion, creativity, personal connection, and open dialogue, all to further women’s rights and human rights. It is an exciting and ongoing process, and these criticisms are part of it.

Participation: The Core of Pussyhat Project

Pussyhat Project comes out of my personal story. You see, I am both a designer and a person with a disability. Four years ago, I sustained a life-altering head and neck injury that changed the way I view and interact with the world. Through my continuing recovery, I learned to crochet. I discovered the incredible knitting community, a community that welcomed me. Because of my disability, I was unable to march last year. And I desperately wanted to participate. I co-created Pussyhat Project (with Krista Suh) as an accessible platform for participation because I was not able to attend a women’s march in person.

The Pussyhat Project is about giving visibility to the invisible and voice to the voiceless. Its beauty is that anyone, anywhere can participate. There are so many reasons why someone may not be able to march: medical, financial, or scheduling to name a few. Earlier this week I was sitting and knitting with a group of women at a home for the elderly. The residents have been knitting pussyhats for the Los Angeles March because, as one woman said, “I cannot march, but I can contribute.” With this project, many women are able to create something to support the women’s movement.

Knitting a hat is one way to contribute. Another powerful way is creating and using safe spaces for constructive dialogue, listening, and reflection. If you make a Pussyhat in a group, we encourage talking about the women’s movement with your knitting circle. If you make a Pussyhat on your own, we encourage you to include with your generous gift of a Pussyhat a note sharing a women’s rights issue important to you. I have seen notes describing incredibly personal stories about sexual assault, as well as the crucial need for intersectionality in the women’s movement. If you wear a Pussyhat, you invite conversation.

Pink “Pussyhat” or “Pink Pussy” Hat?

We chose the color pink because it is the color ascribed to girls and femininity. Commercial advertising’s concept of “shrink it and pink it” so women will buy runs rampant. We wanted to take ownership of this feminine color and project it en masse to create a powerful statement.

The name “pussyhat” alludes to the shape of the hat with cat ears and references the Access Hollywood recording of Donald Trump:

You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the pussy. You can do anything.

“Pussy” is a derogatory term not just about specific genitalia, but also about the feminine. We want to reclaim the term as a means of female empowerment. Pussyhat is about speaking up for body autonomy and fighting against abuses of power.

An Opening for Discussion

The aim of Pussyhat Project is not just to make the hat, a singular moment recorded on January 21, 2017. It’s an ongoing movement that uses design to create social change, and inspires people who have felt invisible, feel visible.

There are some people who have felt invisible because of this project. Some have interpreted pink hats with cat ears as white women’s vulvas. Not all women have pussies. Not all pussies are pink. Our intent was and always will be to support all women. We hear some of you saying that this symbol has made some women feel excluded. We hear you. We see you.

Pussyhat Project is evolving as the conversation around women’s rights and inclusion progresses. We depend on suggestions and voices and partnerships. We want to hear from you. How can we make this project more meaningful, more powerful, more inclusive? Will you join me in having this conversation?

In Solidarity,

Jayna
Pussyhat Project

 

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Pussyhat Project and Women's March Weekend (January 20-21, 2018)

Hello Pussyhat Community,

A giant thank you to everyone, everywhere who has participated in Pussyhat Project. Whether you are a knitter (crocheter, sewer, etc), marcher, both, or a participant in some other way, thank you!

Women’s March Weekend is coming up January 20-21, 2018. Marches, rallies, and voter drives are being planned across the country, and the world. Wondering where to march? We are hosting and continuing to update a list of 2018 Local Women’s Marches on our website. The information comes from you. If you share details about any events you are aware of, we will share it on the website.

Pussyhat Project is about creating a way for anyone, anywhere to be able to take part. Whether or not you are able to march, you can tangibly show your support. Last year, in just 60 days, we were able to create seas of pink at the 2017 Women’s Marches and connect women’s rights supporters across the country, and the world. These handmade gifts became a symbol of solidarity and support for women’s rights and political resistance. We did it! Together!

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2018 is a big year politically in the United States: we have 468 Congressional seats up for grabs, 39 gubernatorial races, and many critical local elections. We were reminded in 2017 that every vote matters. Let’s start 2018 off together, supporting each other and setting the tone for continued action. We all know there is so much work to be done, and with our efforts we will once again turn the Women’s Marches into seas of pink to visibly demonstrate our collective support of the idea that women’s rights are human rights.

Let’s put on the Pussyhats we have, and knit and gift more! Let’s come together and prepare for 2018 and beyond. Patterns (knitcrochetsew, and translations), note templates and flyersmarch information, and local yarn store allies can be found on our website.

Almost anytime is a good time to wear a Pussyhat, and the weekend of January 20-21, 2018 is a GREAT time.

Spread the word!

Jayna.
Pussyhat Project

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Wanted: PINK PUSSYHATS™

Wanted: PINK PUSSYHATS™ for an art installation at Southern Vermont Arts Center as part of Solarfest’s Art and Activism exhibition. 

Hoping for at least one hundred so every hat counts! Hats can be on loan and returned, or they could be given and then redistributed to others in need of a Pussyhat™ after the show. Needed by April 17 - the show opens on April 22 and runs through May 7.

Solarfest’s mission is quite simple and also vital: to connect people, the arts, ideas and technology, fostering partnerships to create a vibrant present and a sustainable future.

Towards a sustainable future, Solarfest would like to support the conversations and energy generated from recent rallies and protests by creating a special exhibit and panel discussion on Arts and Activism at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. As you well know, Art can confront social or environmental injustice issues, often saying what words cannot, and can cause people to stop and look at things in a different way, creating movement towards positive social change.

200 hats are needed. Can we make this happen? We think we can. 

Please mail pussyhats to:

Beth Miller
817 Coy Hill Road
Middletown Springs, VT 05757

xoxo

- Pussyhat Project

The March Is On!

In honor of International Women’s Day and the many different ways women’s rights supporters will be observing the day, Pussyhat Project™ invites everyone to participate in Pussyhat Global Virtual March.

Because there are so many events happening around the world, we wanted to provide a place for people to come together, unite, see each other and learn a little more about each other and issues that are important to us. We encourage everyone to participate as fully as they are able!

It’s been inspiring to see participants from New Zealand and Japan start International Women’s Day and see the support continue.

Here are some of our favorites:

Pussyhat Project aims to provide a platform for anyone, anywhere to be able to take part in International Women’s Day.

  • Whether you are striking, wearing red, boycotting, marching, playing hooky, or wishing you could, you can participate.
  • Whether you are in a city, suburb, or rural area, you can participate
  • Whether you are able-bodied or have difficulty getting around, you can participate.
  • Whether you are stuck at work, climbing a mountain, receiving chemotherapy, visiting loved ones, on vacation, you can participate.

Here’s How to Take Part:

Notes if you are having any issues:

It takes a few minutes between when you tag, upload, etc. Here are the best ways to make sure your picture is included:

  • Use #pussyhatglobal on Instagram and Twitter
  • Post on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pu55yhatproject/ (because people have different security settings, this is the way to make sure you are up on the collective march!
  • Upload directly to the Pussyhat™ Global Virtual March on our homepage:  https://www.pussyhatproject.com/
  • Send an email to global@pussyhatproject.com

Follow the march on our website, or look at different social media channels. And on our homepage: https://www.pussyhatproject.com/

See you at the march!

In solidarity,

Pussyhat Project™

 

 

 

 

Pussyhat Project™ Global Outreach

The Pussyhat Project™ was about making a powerful visual statement at the January 21, 2017, Women’s March on Washington, D.C.  But there’s a whole lot more to this. At its core, this project is about:

1. Creating a concrete, accessible, thoughtful way for those who cannot attend activism events in person to be heard and represented,

2. Developing meaningful, respectful connections among people who care about women’s rights, and

3. Creating a framework for community and personal agency from the local to the national level.

And we have just begun to achieve these goals. Because of the hundreds of thousands of people involved in the Pussyhat Project™ so far, the Pussyhat™ has grown into a symbol of support and solidarity for women’s rights around the globe.

So Where Do We Go from Here?

One of the most remarkable outcomes of the project was the immense, real support we as a collective movement felt from each other and were able to project. Therefore, on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017, Pussyhat Project™ wants women around the world to know we see you and we are with you. We are in this fight together. We continue to deliberately stand together to support each other as we shout out, “Women’s Rights are Human Rights.”

March 8th provides the perfect opportunity to turn all the corners of the earth pink with Pussyhat pride.

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Matthew Pillsbury for The New York Times

 

How Can I Take Part? Let Us Count the Ways

Wear your Pussyhat™ and March! There will be marches around the world starting on March 4. We encourage you to wear your Pussyhat™ and participate in one of these physical marches, if you are able.

Take part of our Pussyhat™ Virtual March. Whether you are not able to march yourself or if you are at a physical march you can join our virtual march. Here’s the plan:

Wherever you are on March 8, whether you’re marching, working, picking up your children at school, resting at home, wear your Pussyhat™! Then share a pic of yourself (holding a sign, if you wish, of where you from and what you are for) on social media using #pussyhatglobal. If social media is not your thing, you can send in a picture to global@pussyhatproject.com. Show your support of women’s rights loud and clear.
 

There Are Still More Ways to Take Part…

Make and give a Pussyhat™! Pussyhats™ are still in high demand. Knit, crochet, or sew a Pussyhat™ for the many people who are still looking for one. Include a note to about what women’s rights issue is important to you with contact info, if you wish. Take your hat with you to a march and give it to a marcher, connect with a marcher you know or over social media, or drop your hat off at a local drop site listed on our Locations page.

Become a local ally! If you are a local yarn store and want to list your store on our website, please fill out this form. We would love for you to join us!

If you are hosting a knitting party, please spread the word about your gathering! We are working on a way for you to share more widely. Stay tuned!

Find a Pussyhat™! If you are looking for a Pussyhat™, you can make your own, connect with a knitter/crocheter/sewer directly or over social media, or contact a local drop site to see if there may be a hat for you! Once you have your hat, check to see if your knitter left you a note. If so, please thank her.

Can’t go to the march? Don’t knit? That’s okay! Check out "Spreading the Word" for other ways to get involved, including hosting local Pussyhat™ Knit-alongs happening in your neighborhood.

At Pussyhat Project™, everyone can get involved! Everyone can be included. 

In solidarity,

Pussyhat Project™

The Sea of Pink

We did it! We created a sea of pink!

Women's March on Washington D.C. and over 600 sister solidarity marches took place January 21, 2017! The Pussyhat Project launched Thanksgiving weekend with the goal of creating a sea of pink hats representing not only those at the march, but also the makers of these pink hats! 

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Voice of America - Brian Allen

What next?

Pussyhat Project is a movement, not just a moment. 

Keep connected! Keep communicating! Keep fighting for women's rights! 

Hold onto your hats,  and wear them loudly and proudly. 

Keep making pussyhats! Learn to make pussyhats! Teach others! Free patterns for knitcrochet and sew are here and being expanded. 

Connect with a local community of knitters: check out our Locations page as a good place to start:

Use your knitting circles to plan out what you are going to do next in your community. Use your knitting circles as an opportunity to get together to write letters to government leaders about women's rights issues.  Welcome non-knitting women's rights supporters to your group to brainstorm actions you can take. Check out 10 actions for 100 days (a pussyhat postcard to be free and available to print soon)!

We are just beginning. More to come.

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Reuters- Shannon Stapleton

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Stefanie Kamerman

For DC Marchers

Dear Marchers (who already have or are still looking for hats):

First of all, Thank you for marching on behalf of all of us! We love that you are joining Pussyhat Project. For week-of logistics, follow us on twitter: @pussyhatproject. 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE HATS TO DISTRIBUTE:

Marchers are our main way of distributing hats. That’s right! You are making this happen- you are a node of distribution. We have a sign you can print out right here if you would like people to know you are distributing: 

You can give your hats at the Women’s March or in the days leading up to or at the March.

The day of the Women’s March, bring your pussyhats to the rally and offer them to marchers who are not wearing one. If you have many pussyhats to give and are concerned about the size of your distribution bag, you should still be able to give the hats out in front of the rallying point.

If you are giving out hats to new folks in the days leading up to the march, please choose a safe and public location.

HOW TO GET A HAT:

Before the march from anywhere

You can get a hat directly from a knitter. You can contact a knitter you know, reach out over social media, and talk to everyone you know about the Women’s March and Pussyhat Project. This serves two additional purposes, you are helping spread the word about Pussyhat Project and potentially connecting with more like-minded advocates for women’s rights. See our “Spread the word” post for more details about how to reach out. As January 21st quickly approaches, many knitters are looking for marchers to take hats to DC, and your help in bringing last-minute pussyhat packages would be wonderful and appreciated. 

You can offer to pick up from a local ally drop site. See our Locations Page to see if there is a Local Yarn Store near you. If they list themselves as a pickup site, they may have a hat for you. You can also offer to take their hats to DC to distribute. And, hooray, you may have connected with someone new who shares your interest in women’s rights!  If there isn’t a location listed, look up on yelp to see if there is a local yarn store that looks friendly and may have classes. Call them. Talk with them about the project and see if they want to be listed on our Locations Page. This helps you find knitters and could help knitters and knitter-curious folks find a group of like-minded women’s rights supporters. You just brought people together! That was great! Take as many hats as you can on behalf of your hat marker and distribute them before or at the march.

 

HOW TO GET A HAT IN THE DC AREA:

Days before the March

We love that you are looking for a #pussyhat and want to get one to you as smoothly as possible. So, here’s the plan. We are going to have few pickup sites in DC in the days leading up to the March. We will be announcing them on Facebook and Twitter. Please be patient. 

Our first distribution scheduled will be at Busboys and Poets at their 5th and K St. Location at 2 pm Wednesday, January 18. We will be there until the hats run out. We will see how that goes and then announce more times as soon as possible. 

Day of the March

We are giving out hats at the March. We love that you are a marcher who is already part of Pussyhat Project with your enthusiasm, passion, and commitment to women's rights. We have a spot confirmed and almost ready to announce. Follow us on Twitter: @pussyhatproject for any last minute changes.

Are you still a little concerned about hat distribution? We are doing our best! Hat makers are pouring their hearts into making hats for you and we are all so grateful for your participation. Please sign up on Twitter @pussyhatproject for logistics in DC (yes, we are mentioning it again). We have to be nimble and may have to make some last minute location changes. If so, we want you to know ASAP.

 

WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR HAT:

A knitter, sewer, or crocheter may have included a note with her gift of a pussyhat to you. If she did, please contact your hat maker. Take a photo so she can see her work in action. Whether or not there is a note included, please know that there is a women's rights supporter out there who is thanking you specifically with the gift of a pussyhat. Take lots of pictures and video of your experience at this historic event. Share them on social media and save them for future shareable opportunities.

 

AFTER THE MARCH:

1. We hope you continue to wear your pussyhat loudly and proudly everywhere and anywhere for years to come. Be prepared to don your pussyhat for future marches and protests. 

2. If you do not want your pussyhat after the march, please give it to a feminist who will wear it loudly and proudly. We know that there are many who are still in search of pussyhats.

3. The Michigan State University Museum is collecting stories, selfies, pussyhats, and other items related to Michigan women’s participation in the Women’s March in Washington, DC, and in Lansing, Michigan. Please consider donating your stuff and the stuff of your memories to the MSU Museum to document this historic event.  Before you send anything, please contact Shirley Wajda, Curator of History, 517.432.4582 or (better) wajdashi@msu.edu. (It is possible that other collections will also be asking for artifacts related to the Women's March and Pussyhat Project)

4. Bring your pussyhat back to your hometown and give it to someone who needs it to keep warm. We have had many participants suggest women's shelters and cancer wards. Become more involved with the organization you are supporting.

Thank you for being part of Pussyhat Project! We are deeply grateful.

In solidarity,

Jayna and Krista

 

For Knitters, Crocheters and Sewers - Here's What's Happening

Dear Knitter / Crocheter / Sewer,

Thank you for being a part of Pussyhat Project. There is no way we could do this without you. You are amazing. Because of your incredible work, Pussyhat Project is getting a lot of press and encouraging more people to join in the effort!

 

HAT PACKAGE:

When you assemble your hat package, please include a note for the marcher. It’s a great opportunity to connect with those at the march and to let the wearer of your hat know more about you and have the opportunity to thank you for your awesome work.

If you are able, please put your hat with its note in a Ziploc bag. This will help us keep your hat package dry and together. The marcher can also reuse the bag.

REGISTER YOUR HAT

We are making sure that each pussyhat that is made will be on a marcher’s head.  Please register your hat(s) here so we can have a clearer estimate of the number of hats coming into our collection point in Reston, VA and the number coming directly with marchers. This will help us plan for the number of volunteers we need, number of trucks, etc. We expect the day of the march to be somewhat hectic, so we have plans, backup plans and backup plans to our backup plans.

Here some things to consider when you register. We take your privacy seriously. We will never give out your full address or email. We would like to give credit to all of our amazing participants and hope to publish the following information from the registry on our website – first name/last initial, city/state and number of hats. If you would like to register anonymously, that’s ok, too! If, when you register, you have difficulty in uploading photos, hold onto them and we will have a good address to send them to soon.

GET HATS TO MARCHERS

You can bring the hats with you if you are marching, give hats directly to a marcher, or drop them off at a drop site (call to find out their specific deadline). Our deadline to send hats to our Reston, VA address was today. If your hats are on their way to Reston, VA we are happy to collect them. Just know, the later they arrive, the more difficult it is for us to distribute them.

We prefer you register your hat and send it to DC with a marcher so we can have as many people ready to go with pussyhats as early as possible. It also means you may have a few extra days to keep making hats!

We will take good care of your hats whichever channel you use. 

What are some ways you can get hats to marchers if you can’t think of anyone going to the march?

1.     Post your gorgeous work on social media and ask if anyone wants to take your pussyhats to the DC march (a marcher can take many and distribute on your behalf). When you post, include your city and state. That way, a marcher near you can easily connect and save you a trip to the post office!

2.     Give your hat directly to a marcher. There are buses of marchers from around the country going to DC. Contact the one closest to you and see if they can take your pussyhats http://buses.womensmarch.com/

 

KEEP KNITTING/CROCHETING/SEWING HATS

Now that you have sent your wonderful pussyhats to DC, do you feel like making more? We do! There are currently 370 sister marches planned for January 21. There is probably a march happening near you (https://www.womensmarch.com/sisters).  If you cannot make it to a local march, there may be a marcher who would love to represent you.

Thank you for being an essential part of Pussyhat Project!

In solidarity,

Jayna and Krista

 

 

Spreading the Word Ideas!

Hi Pussyhat Project Team,

We are thrilled you are here- you are essential to making the Pussyhat Project happen!

At first glance, the Pussyhat Project is about making a powerful visual statement at the Women’s March on Washington, D.C.  It’s about the hats, and also a lot more. At its core, this project is about creating a form of representation for those who cannot be there, developing connections between people who care about women’s rights, and creating a framework for community and personal agency from the local to the national level.

Today we want to write a bit about what “Spreading the Word” can look like because all of us, whether we are knitters/crocheters/sewers, marchers, both or neither, can contribute immensely to making this happen.

Anytime you think,” The organizers of the Pussyhat Project should really….” you are probably right! Consider whether this thing you are thinking about is something you can take on. This is a huge group effort and it will be that much better the more we can increase awareness and involvement!

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to spark ways to get involved. 

Ask Yourself:

1. Do I have access to social media? An email address?
Post about Pussyhat Project on social media (instagram, facebook, twitter). Email your friends about Pussyhat Project.  Tell your friends why you personally love this project and direct them to the website www.pussyhatproject.com for more info.

2. Am I making a hat?
Take a picture when it’s in progress and post it on social media using the hashtags:  #pussyhat and #pussyhatproject.  BONUS – take a short video of you knitting and post it on social media – we will assemble them into a video in the near future! 

3. Am I an expert knitter or crocheter?
Offer to give advice and troubleshooting help on social media or locally! Beginning knitters would much appreciate it! Let them know that you’re willing to share your knowledge if they are involved with Pussyhat Project!

4. Am I a D.C.-bound Marcher looking for a hat?
Thank you for going to the March and representing the rights of all women! We love that you are being proactive in getting a hat early. An effective way to raise awareness about the Pussyhat Project is to announce that you are looking to represent a knitter at the March by wearing her hat and would like to connect directly. Someone you know or a new friend may reach out to you! You can also check our Locations page<link> and see if local yarn stores have any hats to give out or could use some help transporting the hats to D.C. via you. If the local yarn store gives you a hat, post a photo of you in the hat right there in the store! If you don’t see a yarn store nearby you listed, check yelp for a yarn store with classes. Stop by and talk with them about the project and if they’re interested tell them to contact us via our website to get listed on our Locations page. If you can’t get a hat before you get to D.C. check back on the website the week of the March to see how to pick up a hat at the March.

5. Do I have access to a #pussyhat?
WEAR YOUR PUSSYHAT NOW! Maybe you are a marcher who has connected with a knitter and are already in possession of this incredible gift. Maybe you are a knitter who hasn’t yet sent a pussyhat along. In my personal experience, wearing my pussyhat around town has led to countless conversations. They usually begin with, “Whoa, nice hat! I love it!” It gives me an opportunity to connect with the hat-admirer on topics concerning women’s rights and delightful fashion.

6. Do I have a printer?
Print out our PDF and distribute it! Bring prints to your library, community center, place of worship, coffee shop, skating rink, bar, beauty salon, doctor’s office, school, any place with a bulletin board or a place to put printed matter that you think may attract people to the project.

7. Do I know of a retirement home, assisted living facility, rehab facility, dialysis clinic, hospital or another place where there may be knitters who are not on social media?
Contact the social coordinator of the facility. Let them know that this type of project is therapeutic and can give purpose to people who may feel powerless.  Really! At senior centers, older folks may not have access to social media, but many do have time and knitting chops. Maybe you could even visit and knit together!

8. Am I a part of any community service, social activism, or women’s group?
Talk with your group about the Pussyhat Project and see if creating hats for the March is right for your group. If so, start to organize! Some groups could include: Mommy and Me groups,  book club, The Red Hat Society, craft beer club, Pantsuit Nation on Facebook, a local marching group headed to D.C., bridge club, bowling league, sky diving club, pep squad, rotary club, etc.

9. Do I have a local media outlet?
Go to the website of your local news source and find the email of the editor, or news tip line. Write an email about Pussyhat Project and what it means to you.  You probably have a local TV station, radio station and newspaper. Maybe invite a journalist or a TV camera crew to a knit along. Wouldn’t it be great to have some positive local news with a national impact?

 10. Do I know an influencer who may be interested in this project?
Reach out to her/him. Perhaps you are this person’s friend or this person’s fan. Let that person know why Pussyhat Project is important to you and include a link to our website so the influencer can find out more. Many have mentioned Samantha Bee as a great example of a stellar influencer. We could not agree more- we adore her!  Can you imagine if 100 or 1000 of us from across the country reached out personally to her? How powerful!

11. Is there a knitter in my life?
Talk with her, or him! Share information about the project.

12. Do I have a local yarn store that isn’t on the Locations page?
Get in touch with them and let them know about your interest in the Pussyhat Project. Chances are, there are other people in your area who are, too. Give the local yarn store this link so they can let people know how they are participating.  You will be helping other knitters in your area find a base and be helping a small business.

13. Do I know how to throw a party?
If you can throw a party, you know how to politically organize! Host a Pussyhat knitting party and invite friends to knit, talk about women’s rights, and learn more about the project. Take photos and post them on social media using #pussyhat and #pussyhatproject.  You can host a meetup in your own home or perhaps at a local coffeeshop like @thread.winners did in Riverside, CA:

14. Do I have a business with space for people to gather?
You can host a knitting group. You don’t even have to be a knitter! Advertise that Pussyhat Project knitters are welcome. (More tips about how to host a knitting party coming soon!) Dance studios, coffee shops, bookstores, boutiques, art galleries, ski lodges – all could be potential “knit in public” places.

15. Am I a photographer?
Offer to take portraits of people in their Pussyhats in your local area! Share them with #pussyhat and #pussyhatproject.

16. Do I know a second language?
If you are able to translate the PDF into another language we would welcome it! You can contact us here.

17. What else can I do? What am I good at that I can apply toward this project?
@anitaliangirl on Instagram posted this photo of a yarn bomb. She clearly is not afraid of heights and knows how to make a big statement in her own hometown! Be creative and think of what fresh stuff you can cook up with your talents to get the word out about Pussyhat Project!

We are two women with laptops who started this project. Your engagement on a local level is crucial to the cause because Pussyhat Project is about all of us.

What we hope you take away from this post is this: We all matter. We all can make a difference. Everyone is welcome.

Thank you for continuing to be a part of the Pussyhat Project.

In solidarity,
Jayna Zweiman

Much love!
Krista Suh

 

 

Loopy Mango and AlexCreates - Yarn Makers for Women's Rights

Speaking of Superpowers, we want to introduce you to some super people who A) make yarn and B) are excited about The Pussyhat Project! Meet Anna Pulvermakher and Waejong Kim of Loopy Mango, and Alex Reynoso of AlexCreates.

Anna and Waejong run cult favorite yarn brand Loopy Mango. They have generously released 3 knit and crochet patterns for their Kitty Hat for free - find them on our page PATTERNS. In addition they are giving a discount on their website for Big Loop yarn in cotton candy pink. Big Loop Yarn is the thickest yarn available on the market today and made in the USA! It is made at their mill in Key Largo, Florida and is 100% domestic merino wool. Check out their DIY Kit - perfect for Pussyhat beginners. We will be posting their fab video tutorials very soon, so beginners rejoice!

Alex Reynoso learned how to knit in 2011 at age 14 from youtube videos, 5 years later he runs his own business out of his mom's Harlem apartment! We are so touched that he is offering a discount on 2 of his pink yarns "Wanda's Fuchsia" and "Radioactive Grapes." Use code "pussyhat" for an $8 discount. His ombre yarns are hand dyed in his NYC apartment kitchen using professional acid dyes that are colorfast. He uses custom milled yarn from a NY mill with US grown merino.

If you are a yarn maker standing up for women's rights through the Pussyhat Project, please contact us through our CONTACT page so we can share your good deeds! We do not endorse any one yarn as the official Pussyhat pink yarn, but we would love to share your info with our knitters and crocheters!

What's Your Superpower? Why You're Like Krysten Ritter

(Letter from Pussyhat Project co-founder Krista Suh)

Dear Team Pussyhat,

I want to drop in on the blog every so often to get all emotional on you. So, last week, within a few days of launch, The Pussyhat Project was reposted by Krysten Ritter - super talented actress AND avid knitter! (check out her hashtag #krystenknitter on instagram!). Krysten plays superheroine Jessica Jones on the Netflix show of the same name. I love the show - I see it as a story of a person with superpowers fighting for women's rights.

 Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones as imagined by French illustrator  Mahulda Jelly .

Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones as imagined by French illustrator Mahulda Jelly.

It got me thinking that everyone in the Pussyhat Project is lending their particular superpower to the movement. For example, Kat Coyle was a professional pattern maker before opening her own yarn store, and when I asked her to make a pattern for the Pussyhat Project - she lit up with excitement. She got to support a cause she believed in while using her particular superpower (she has many!).

I asked Aurora Lady via email to do artwork for the project, and she wrote back to me immediately, "Girl, call me!" Aurora's talents are PERFECT for this project, I am continually amazed by how she gives life to our vision with her beautiful artwork.

And now I have the pleasure and honor of seeing women around the nation and the world jumping in with their superpowers to support women's rights. Knitters are knitting, crocheters are crocheting, and sewers are sewing! People are spreading the word with passion and eloquence. Patternmakers are writing up alternate patterns to help. Local yarn stores are planning knit parties and guiding beginners. Community leaders are connecting local marching groups headed to D.C. with local knitting groups to help with the transfer of hat to wearer! Senior groups, college students, and other locals in the D.C. area are offering to help distribution efforts the week of the march! 

Thank you for lending your superpowers for The Pussyhat Project. Thank you for HONING your superpowers all these years, thank you for being you. We need you more than ever now, and thank you for showing up.

Please continue spreading the word about The Pussyhat Project so other people can share their superpowers as well! (Doesn't it feel GOOD?)

Much love,

Krista Suh

Dietland - Happy Thanksgiving!

We completely didn't realize until just now that we'd be releasing our first book recommendation Dietland, by Sarai Walker, on Thanksgiving! Dietland isn't here to scold you about eating too many helpings of candied yams and stuffing. Rather, Dietland frees you from the patriarchy. (Seriously.) It is a work of fiction that is fiercely feminist. Our co-founder Krista fell in love with it this summer. (It's also an Oprah pick, but you care more about Krista's opinion than Oprah's, right? Right?)

From Krista, "It's funny, sweet, smart, it struck me to the core. I love it and I also hate that I didn't write it."

Krista's copy of Dietland along with her grandmother's pink yarn haul. Grandma is 85 years old and is excitedly knitting pussyhats for the Women's March on Washington D.C.!  Photo by: Krista Suh.

Dietland begins rather like a classic chick lit novel - Plum is in her 20s and feeling depressed about her weight and life in general. Lovers of the chick lit genre will salivate because it has all the trappings of the drug we crave: the transformation story.

Sarai Walker delivers the transformation story and SO MUCH MORE. You will be transformed reading it. We highly recommend you read it this weekend, or listen to the audiobook as you knit your Pussyhats for the Women's March on Washington D.C. 

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Knitting!  XOXO The Pussyhat Project

Why 1.17 million hats?

We aim big here at the Pussyhat Project, and we want all women to do the same!

We came across this Washington Post article from 2009, estimating how many people fit on the National Mall (fun fact, it's "on the Mall" instead of "at the Mall"), the site of the march. The article was originally written in anticipation of President Obama's historic inauguration.

With some breathing room, they estimated that the Mall fits 1.17 million. And on January 21, 2017, we anticipate the Mall filled with people who are passionate about women's rights, filling the Mall from Lincoln Memorial all the way to Washington Monument, and perhaps even to Capitol Hill! Like a good party host, we are striving to make sure there's enough pussyhats for everyone! So please, send in those pink hats!

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Our Mission

The Pussyhat Project aims to:

  1. Provide the people of the Women's March on Washington D.C. a means to make a unique collective visual statement which will help activists be better heard.
  2. Provide people who cannot physically be on the National Mall a way to represent themselves and support women's rights.

The more we are seen, the more we are heard. Let's come together to support women's rights in a creative and impactful way.