Pink hats make statement in March on Washington


Julie Buisson of France (left) and Jane Cody of Maryland (right) hand out hats as part of the “Pussyhat Project” at the Women’s March. Photo by Lu Gerdemann.

Thousands marched on Jan. 21, 2017 to ensure that the rights of women do not regress. In a sea of people, pink hats were spotted almost everywhere.
An organization called “The Pussycat Project” was created in anticipation for the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. The project involved creating a knit pattern that supporters all over the world could knit and send to people attending the march. This allowed those not attending to show their support.
Many bags of hats were being distributed throughout the day from people all over the country. According to the project, the hats are pink because it is considered a female color. It also represents caring, compassion and love. The name of the project was created to show a women’s body is her own.
Rae Taylor, from New Orleans, was just one of the women passing out pink hats. Taylor did not attend the march as a member of the project, but quickly volunteered.
“This is exactly what we’re here for,” Taylor said. “We’re here for shared voices and representation. It’s time to get over our depression and start getting active.”
Taylor says that the issue she marched for most is equality.
“Equality would be my main issue, but it seems everyday another new area is threatened,” Taylor said.”So violence against women is my new issue.”
Jane Cody came from Maryland to march for women’s rights.
“The list of things I want to speak out about is so long,” Cody said. “But on the top of my list is equal pay, voting rights for minorities, legal safe abortions, and to step up against Donald Trump and all the bigotry and sexism and racism that he represents.”
Like Taylor, Cody was not apart of the project before the march, but she quickly volunteered to help.
“One of the organizers explained what they were doing, and asked us help out and pass out hats, so we thought ‘sure.’ Its a great idea,” Taylor said.
Cody attended the march for many issues, but her passion stems from a few important ones.
“A lot of the issues that I’m really passionate about are connected, so for example equal pay and equal opportunity are in many ways connected to abortion, and being able to support yourself,” Cody said.
“I’m looking forward to meeting others adding to the sense of solidarity and contributing to the dialogue, and sharing this experience with all the other beautiful people that are here.”