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‘Pussyhat’ protesters headed to DC for post-inauguration rally

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 01:50

Women wearing woolen 'Pussyhats' will be rallying at the Women’s March on Washington this Saturday to draw attention to women's rights in the wake of Donald Trump's controversial recorded comments about grabbing women's genitals. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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From coast to coast, women are crafting a movement. …knitting for what's being called the 'Pussyhat Project'… Something many protesters will be wearing when thousands come to this weekend's Women's March on Washington. The project referencing President-elect Donald Trump's controversial comments about grabbing women, heard in a 2005 video clip. But founders say, they are grabbing the word back: (SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-FOUNDER OF THE PUSSYHAT PROJECT, KRISTA SUH, SAYING: "We're using the charge of the word to get people's attention and get people to pay attention to women's rights..." Those issues are shared on a note attached to each hat… either given away, taken to a yarn store to pass on… or mailed HERE. Carrie McKnight's Virginia home has turned into a collection center with more than 10,000 hats, to be given away at the march. She says education, equal pay, reproductive rights and sexual assault are issues she wants the Trump administration to recognize. (SOUNDBITE) VOLUNTEER CARRIE MCKNIGHT, SAYING: "I'm not looking for anyone to do anything. But at least acknowledge them. You know? And that's what the hats do. We all have fears and it's a way for it to be acknowledged." The ladies in this Ashburn knitting group have their own stories to weave into the upcoming march: (SOUNDBITE) TEXTILE ARTIST, BRITTA WATTERS, SAYING: "I am myself a woman who has survived a rape and it was by a person in power.... I'm happy to stitch a pink Pussyhat if it will get women and men talking about sexual assault, violence by partners, violence by people in power and get the message out there that it's not ok." Many issues are on the table… but the common thread among them is women's rights and equality. And knitting hats is a way for those who can't physically get to DC to be represented.

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‘Pussyhat’ protesters headed to DC for post-inauguration rally

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 01:50