Reuters Los Angeles, CA, United States
Jan 15, 2017, 03.38 AM
The National Mall in Washington could become a sea of bright pink the day after Donald Trump is inaugurated as US president if the vision of a pair of Los Angeles women is realised.
For two months, Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman have called on people around the world to make 1.17 million pink "pussyhats" for those attending the Women's March, a rally on January 21 organised with hopes of bringing attention to civil and human rights issues.
The name of the hats comes partly from President-elect Trump's comments in an infamous 2005 tape that came to light during his campaign in which, discussing women, he said: "Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."
Marchers can get a hat by contacting a maker through an online distribution system, through social media or at sites in Washington. (Reuters)
The women have asked volunteers around the world to help sew, crochet or knit pink hats with ears by using simple patterns available on the project's website. They say it is easier than knitting a scarf, the typical starter project for novices.
"It's a rectangle folded in half, stitched up the sides and when you put it on your round head, these ears come out," said Zweiman, surrounded by women stitching away at a knitting store on Friday night.
For some knitters at Friday's "pussyhat party," it was hard to put the needles down as the deadline nears. (Reuters)