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This Movement Needs More …


That’s right, we need more hats ladies(…and gents). In light of the recent Kentucky Derby and WORKSHOP‘s 7th Annual Kentucky Derby Party I have come to the conclusion that we need more hats in the movement. What better way to show you mean business than to come marching in a lovely hat?   


“When I went to represent my law firm anywhere—I was a young kid just out of college—I said, “How do you do? I’m Bella Abzug from the law firm of such and such,” and people would say, “Yes, fine, fine, sit down.” So I’d wait and nothing much would happen, so finally I’d clear my throat and say, “I’m Bella Abzug from the law firm of such and such,” and they’d say, “Yes, we know, but we’re waiting.” I’d say, “What are we waiting for?” And they’d say, “We’re waiting for the lawyer.” They thought I was the secretary. So I had this identity crisis.   

I went home and discussed it with my husband, Martin. In those days professional women wore hats—and gloves, so I put on gloves and a hat. And every time I went anywhere for business, with the hat and gloves, they knew I was there for business. ”
Excerpt from Bella Abzug Interview with Global Education Motivators, April 24, 1997.   

Chanel had her own remarkable effect on women’s wear and gender constructs. She single-handedly marked the corset a fashion fuax-pas  and set the trend of male inspired textiles and cuts.  She redefined what is acceptable for women to wear. She first created hats and then clothing from the styles and materials based on poverty-induced sensibilities. Casual and comfortable was the new couture. Her impact on women remains.   

Other Feminists in Hats.   

Yoko Ono

Gloria Steinem in a smart and functional hat!

Gloria Steinem in a warm and cozy hat.


Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston

Jessi Arrington, a women of many hats.

Queen Latifah

Women from CodePink celebrating George W. Bush's last night in office.

Two Women from CodePink celebrating George W. Bush's last night in office.


Show me your feminist {self in a }hat!!!

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busy, busy, busy

Sorry for the quite bit of time . I hope you all had a wonderful International Women’s Day. I’d love to hear how you celebrated.

My panel on the lower status of women globally and the laws that play a role,went very well. I was proud to be told that I “looked very Bella Abzug” à la my maroon hat.

Please take the time to support the people of Burma and tell everyone that you take a strong stance against the vast human rights violations (systematic rape,sexual violence, trafficking,forced labor, portering, relocation, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, harassment, child soldering) taking place in Burma.

Ellen Page stands up for Human Rights

Tila Tequila stands up for Human Rights

Today I’m excited to attend a Lunch with Susan Herman president of ACLU and Pnina Knopf president of NCJW Peninsula Section followed by a talk.

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