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Here's Why Women's March Participants Wear Pink Hats

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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People wearing a pink crocheted hat during the Women's March in Washington D.C. on Jan. 21 may be a part of the the Pussyhat Project.

Launched during Thanksgiving weekend 2016, the Pussyhat Project brings knitters together to make pink beanie-style hats for participants in the Women's March to wear to keep them warm, and to demonstrate that all participants in the march stand united together.

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"Pink is considered a very female color representing caring, compassion, and love -- all qualities that have been derided as weak but are actually STRONG," the group states on its website. "Wearing pink together is a powerful statement that we are unapologetically feminine and we unapologetically stand for women's rights."

The Pussyhat Project chose to use the word pussy to reclaim it from its derogatory connotations.

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"We love the clever wordplay of 'pussyhat' and 'pussycat,' but yes, 'pussy' is also a derogatory term for female genitalia," the group states. "We chose this loaded word for our project because we want to reclaim the term as a means of empowerment..."

"...In order to get fair treatment, the answer is not to take away our pussies, the answer is not to deny our femaleness and femininity, the answer is to demand fair treatment. A woman's body is her own. We are honoring this truth and standing up for our rights."

The decision to make "pussy" the namesake of the project may also be because of President Donald Trump's now infamous use of the word.

"I'm automatically attracted to beautiful [women] -- I just start kissing them," Trump said during a recorded 2005 conversation with Billy Bush, then of "Access Hollywood," according to The Washington Post. "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 them by the pussy. You can do anything."

Private knitters made the hats as part of the Pussyhat Project, and then shared them with those participating in the Women's March. Each knitter was asked to attach a note to their hat to share why they participated in the project with the person who will wear their hat during the march, including a statement on what women's issue they care about.

According to the project's hat tracker, it received pink pussyhats from all over the world, including the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

The Women's March, originally only planned for Washington D.C., took place across the globe on Jan. 21. As time zones dictate, the marches began in the morning, and Sydney, Australia, was one of the first locations, according to NBC News. Then, London, England, where many wore pink knitted hats.

In Bangkok, Thailand, women wore pink and carried banners that read "Bridges not walls."

There are expected to be 300 marches taking place in all 50 states, and more than 50 international cities will participate in the event that is aimed at telling the Trump Administration that women's rights are human rights.

"It's become a global movement, an outlet, inspiring people all over the world to fight for equality and social justice," Tina Cassidy, one of the organizers of the sister marches, said. "Women everywhere are standing up."

Sources: Pussyhat Project, The Washington Post, NBC News / Photo credit: Pussyhat Project/Facebook