Pussy Hats

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A Women’s march took place on 21st January 2017, on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Millions of people gathered to march  the cities of the world to protest for human rights, including women’s rights, racial inequality and immigration reform. In preparation for this, knitting shop owners Krista Suh and Jayna Zwiman from Los Angeles, released tutorial on how to knit or crochet a ‘Pussyhat’ as well as making hundreds themselves to give out at the march. The hat, shaped in a beanie style with cat ears on either side, was encouraged for women to make for the march. The symbolism of cat ears attempts to reclaim the derogatory term ‘pussy’ Trump had used in 2005. Zweiman estimated over 100,000 people had downloaded the tutorial as it was proven to be extremely popular in marches worldwide. The march had an outstanding turn out, with appearances from celebrities such as Madonna, Emma Watson and Feminist icon Gloria Steinhem. It is estimated that the total number of marchers across the world was 4.9 million, in a total of 673 marches.

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