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Pussyhat Project makes colorful point

first_imgFor Carol Simas, even describing her small act of defiance is a challenge.“I’m calling about the …” she said in a recent phone call to The Columbian, before pausing.“Pussyhat Project,” she finished with a nervous giggle.At 75 years old, activism isn’t often on the daily docket for Simas, who lives north of Battle Ground. But then, she said, came the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.It was devastating, the self-described liberal Democrat said.“I didn’t feel like I could sit down and do nothing and say, ‘Well, he won,’ ” she said.Inspiration for action came in an unexpected place: an email from Fiber Rhythm, a Portland yarn store, informing its customers about the Pussyhat Project, a global movement to knit pink, cat-eared hats for women participating in the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21. A pair of knitters based in Southern California launched the movement.Aside from the pointed cat ears that appear when the hat is finished, the hats are named for Trump’s infamous boasting of grabbing women’s genitalia in a leaked 2005 recording.“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump told “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush. “You can do anything.”The Pussyhat Project’s website suggests knitting a hat as a way to give those who can’t be on the National Mall “a way to represent themselves and support women’s rights.” Organizers are also collecting hats in Virginia to pass out at Saturday’s rally — though it may be too late to mail a hat for it to arrive in time.Simas has been knitting since she was 8, and spinning and weaving since she retired from teaching in 1986. She was able to complete four hats, including two she sent to Virginia to be passed out to women in the Washington march.last_img

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