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The 2017 Women’s March: The Impact of Fashion on Women’s Movements

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I want to point out that this post is in no way, directed to convince anybody of any sort of political ideologies. When you decide that an issue or topic is important enough to you, to take to the streets and have your voice heard, there is no greater feeling than to be surrounded by others who share that same end goal. When I was there, among a sea of pink hats, I did not see any other color, religion, political party or even social status, just knitted pink hats. The importance and significance of that hat is far deeper than an act of defiance against inappropriate behavior against women, it is also a symbol of solidarity.

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It’s incredible to see how fashion, small as it may seem, plays a significant role in a movement. In the suffragette movement, which granted us women the right to vote, they wore white. One of the slogan’s was “We’re Clearly Soldiers in Petticoats”. In the Women’s Lib Movement in the 70’s, women went under their tops and removed their bras to burn them. Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pittman wore flesh colored bodysuits and sharing one skirt to demonstrate solidarity  Today, we wore the Pussy Hat and graphic tees.

Let’s take at a look at the styles that have defined women’s movements from past to present:

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Suffragettes in America
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Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pittman Hughes circa 1970

Women's Liberation Movement 01 Aug 1969, San Francisco, California, USA --- Demonstrators remove their brassieres during an anti-bra protest outside a San Francisco department store. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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Photo by Stefanie Kamerman via Pussy Hat Project
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My experience was truly amazing! I was overwhelmed to tears. I’m actually quite happy to live in an era where we, as citizens can voice our opinions, our concerns and fight for injustice when necessary. If you would have asked me to march in the Suffragette era, I would have done the same. Thanks to them we are heard, and we will continue to have rights that way, because we fought for those rights.

“It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people – women as well as men.” -Susan B. Anthony

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