International Women’s Day (March 8) celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
The 2020 International Women’s Day theme is #EachforEqual – the campaign reminds us:
Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.
Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.
Many quilters over the years have turned to their craft to protest issues they feel strongly about – and gender equality is one of those issues. In recent years many have made quilts expressing their feelings about the experiences of women in the world.
Darci Read made this quilt for the Women’s March in 2017 – she was inspired by Hillary Clinton’s words – “Women’s rights are human rights and human right are women’s rights.” Her quilt was subsequently displayed at QuiltCon 2018 and she then went on to publish the pattern.
Jess Skultety of Quilty Habit described her experiences of making a quilt as a banner and attending a protest march on her blog.
The post is really interesting – she outlines her reasons for choosing quilt making as a medium to put her message and then the process of making the actual piece. She also describes the (very positive) reactions she got on the march to her quilt.
Are you doing anything to celebrate International Women’s Day? If you want to keep it crafty, how about researching some more amazing women who make quilts – or have made quilts throughout history? Or if a woman has helped you in your quilting journey, why not take the time to thank her for inspiring you.
Have a great day!