To mark International Women’s Day 2017, I wrote a few words for It’s Nice That on how both the wearing and making clothes is a political act.
It seems that over 100 years after the suffragette movement, women are still having to find ways of having a voice. And clothes, whether making or wearing, remain a vital way of providing us with expression – be it anti-Trump marchers in pink pussy hats or female prisoners making garments as part of their rehabilitation.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day are we challenging ourselves by asking ourselves what was our political act this morning when we put our clothes on? What sort of solidarity did we express with the women who made them, the environment that grew them or the values that we hold dear?
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