What is the Pussyhat Project? From the official Pussyhat Project website: “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.” and “Provide people who cannot physically be on the National Mall a way to represent themselves and support women’s rights.”
This has become a massive movement for knitters, crocheters, and even seamstresses. Yarn stores from around the country are reporting shortages of pink yarn. I managed to snag 4 skeins of different pink yarns and have 3 hats left to make before January 21, 2017. I will be bringing them all with me to the March on Washington. My first knit hat ever got to be my Pussyhat for the upcoming march. That’s something special.
The Women’s March on Washington is so very important to me. It’s also kind of terrifying. I’m marching because women’s rights are human rights… and they should be equal. I’m also marching because there have been many points in my life where the lack of my basic rights could have ended my life. I know many young women, and the thought of them not being in control of their bodies is frightening. We have to band together to be heard and SEEN. Women are just as amazing as men, and it’s past time that we are treated as equals to men. (Note: I’m not a man hater here…. just seeking equality and rights for ALL WOMEN.)
The Women’s March on Washington is going to be huge. I can’t even fathom how many people will be there. (I’ll be emptying my camera, so I can as many pictures as possible. It’s going to be amazing… especially with all of these Pussyhats.) I’m more of an introvert, and the thought of being surrounded by so many people is terrifying. I’m sucking it up. This is more important than my insecurities. I’ll stand with my fellow women in defiance on this attack against women. Regardless of what your views are on any of the women’s issues, WOMEN should be the ones making decisions regarding their bodies.
FYI men (I know; not all men)… Most women are tired of being on the defensive for every little thing, whether it be what they can and cannot do with their bodies, how we have to be on guard from predatory men constantly, or even equal pay for the same jobs that men do. It’s enough.
Things that I hope to accomplish regarding both the Pussyhat Project and marching in D.C
- I have started in on my 3 extra Pussyhats. I hope to have them mostly finished when I board the bus on Saturday morning. I’m going to give them to people who don’t have a hat. It’s kind of simple.
- Maybe find my voice in the fight for our rights. It’s ridiculous to me that we still are fighting for equal rights and complete control over our bodies. People have to remember that we all have different beliefs and to force yours onto another person is wrong. Our Constitution’s 1st amendment really should be the end all of this. There are people that forget this. We have to speak loudly to remind them.
- Arrive in Washington, protest, and come home safely… for everyone. It’s simple. I’m going to protest peacefully, and I’m expecting my right to do so to be protected. That being said, it will probably be a high stress kind of day… completely need to be aware of our surroundings at all times.
Are you marching this weekend? Are you attending a sister march in a city near you? Did you make some Pussyhats for those around you? What do you think?
(Also… Everyone is entitled to their opinions. I have mine, and not everyone shares the same ideals. Please be respectful. Part of what makes this country wonderful, is the ability to disagree with each other. Always choose love, and treat each other as you want to be treated.)