Same Time, Next Year: Evolution of the Pussyhat’s Symbolism

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2018-01-01
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Paulins, V. Ann
Hillery, Julie
Howell, Alexandra
Malcom, Nancy
Martindale, Addie
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Using symbolic interaction (SI) theory as our foundational framework, we gathered usable data from 66 women who marched in locations throughout the US. We found that the pussyhat artifact remains a symbol of women’s solidarity and empowerment, even while it is increasingly understood as a non-inclusive and controversial symbol by a small but important portion of marchers. SI occurs in the context of pussyhat wearing, with understood meaning and recognition of controversial meanings.

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