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Friday, March 9, 2018
Pussyhat Project Co-Founder Krista Suh Talks About Women’s Rights and Her New Book at Altadena Event Saturday
Krista Suh, co-founder of the Pussyhat Project, a social movement focused on raising awareness about women’s issues and advancing human rights, will sign copies of and discuss her new book, “DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative and Change the World,” this Saturday, March 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Webster’s Community Pharmacy, 2450 N. Lake Avenue in Altadena.
Millions of protesters took part in the Women’s March on January 21 last year. That event showed a “sea of pink” which came from knitted “pussyhats,” now a symbol of resistance and persistence especially among women.
Suh grew up locally and graduated from Polytechnic School.
As a matter of fact, the Pussyhat Project has now become a global women’s movement, where women young and old, rich and poor, wear the hand-made knitted caps and march arm-in-arm in solidarity for women’s rights and in protest against the rhetoric used toward women and minorities.
The idea of the pussyhat came in late 2016 when Suh touched base with her friend Jayna Zweiman, an artist and design architect, who was recovering from a serious injury and was unable to work or engage in strenuous physical activity.
Zweiman wanted to find a low-impact hobby she could do while sitting and recuperating. She encouraged Suh, a screenwriter, to take a crochet class at the Little Knittery, a local yarn store near her home in Los Angeles.
Suh was planning to attend the Women’s March in Washington DC that January, and needed a cap to keep her head warm in the chilly winter air. Zweiman knew she would not be able to attend any of the marches, but wanted to find a way to have her voice heard in absentia. Together, they conceived the idea of creating a sea of pink hats at the Women’s Marches and everywhere else, that would make both a bold and powerful visual statement of solidarity, and allow people who could not participate themselves for a variety of reasons a visible way to demonstrate their support for women’s rights.
Little Knittery owner Kat Coyle designed a simple and brilliant pattern that would allow people of all knitting levels to be part of the project – and out came the pussyhat.
The name Pussyhat was chosen in part as a protest against comments President Donald Trump had made about the freedom he felt to grab women’s genitals, to de-stigmatize the word “pussy” and transform it into one of empowerment, and to highlight the design of the hat’s “pussycat ears.”
With social media leverage and the close-knit nature of the global knitting community, the word spread and the Pussyhat Project came into being.
In the book, Suh shares the tools, tips, experiences, guidelines and knitting patterns she uses to get creative, to get bold, and to change the world.
From learning how to use your own intuition to deciding which rules are right for you, to finding your inner-courage to speak up; from finding what your passions are, to dealing with the naysayers, “DIY Rules for a WTF World” will inspire you to have the confidence to create your own rules for living.
At the event, you can buy a book, meet Krista Suh and learn to crochet or knit a Pussyhat with Altadena’s own professional knitter, Leslie Delamater Aitken. You may also meet with representatives of The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, as they answer pertinent questions and register people to vote on-site.
Additionally, you can meet with notable women in the community who are Influencers and role models for future Influencers.