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2017/22/1 Hat, 'Pussyhat', wool, designed by Kat Coyle, California, United States of America, 2016, handknitted by Anne Summers, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2017. Click to enlarge.

Pink 'Pussyhat' made by Anne Summers

Made
On January 21, 2017, the day after Donald Trump's election to the United States presidency, more than 1 million supporters of women's rights, and anti-Trump protestors, descended on the National Mall in Washington DC. As an opportunity for the activists to be better heard, the pink Pussyhat (a knitted, crocheted or sewn hat with cat's ears) made its debut, providing a chance for people from all around the world to visibly identify themselves with the march and show their solidarity for the …

Summary

Object No.

2017/22/1

Object Statement

Hat, 'Pussyhat', wool, designed by Kat Coyle, California, United States of America, 2016, handknitted by Anne Summers, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2017

Physical Description

Rectangular pink handknitted beanie, slightly tapering towards the lower edge.

Marks

No marks

Dimensions

Height

221 mm

Width

222 mm

Depth

28 mm

Production

Notes

This pink Pussyhat was knitted by Dr Anne Summers AO using the pattern template designed by Kat Coyle for the Pussyhat Project in 2016. It is a simple pattern comprising a rectangle folded and stitched along the sides. When the knitted rectangle is placed on a person's head, the top corners peek out like 'cats ears'.

History

Notes

The Pussyhat Project is a grassroots movement founded by Californian friends Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman in 2016. The initiative was launched in anticipation and commemoration of the Women's March on the National Mall, Washington on January 21, 2017, which was held in reaction to the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. The pink Pussyhat was intended to serve as a powerful feminist statement not only against Trump's agenda and his infamous "pussy grabbing" slurs, but also for all women's rights. Since the National Mall March, the Pussyhat initiative has become a more widespread global phenomenon, as demonstrated with the global virtual march held on International Women's Day on March 8, 2017.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Anne Summers, 2017

Acquisition Date

31 May 2017

Cite this Object

Harvard

Pink 'Pussyhat' made by Anne Summers 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 December 2021, <https://ma.as/548823>

Wikipedia

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