Inspiration February 22, 2018
Krista Suh proves that there is no such thing as a small idea.
It started with one single idea: one woman’s desire to stay warm while taking action. It ended with a revolution.
The sea of pink that represented a community of women willing to stand up, fight, stay active and make a change during the Women’s March started with one woman and one hat.
Krista Suh, creator of The Pussyhat Project, was fed up with the “haze of the patriarchy” which blinds us to the fact that a woman has to pay $20 for a Lyft or Uber to safely get home, while a man is able to pay $2 for public transportation.
After being harassed two times in one night on the subway, and having a hard time reporting the incidents, Suh realized that the only way to make a change was to use her voice. But after election night in 2016, Suh noticed that donating money and campaigning for Hillary Clinton wasn’t enough. She needed to do more.
“I was able to give money and to fly out to Ohio to campaign for Hillary, but when it came to actually speaking up on my own social media, I was afraid of blowback,” Suh said. “I was afraid of all sorts of things, like criticism and dealing with people. But I thought I just cannot stay silent anymore.”
And, thus, The Pussyhat Project was born.
Before the Women’s March, Suh knew she wanted to attend, but also wanted to make a bigger impact.
So, she decided that to keep warm, she was going to knit her own beanie. This one small idea turned into a major movement.
“It was like I could make my own protest gear with my own hands,” Suh said. “Betsy Ross created the flag, and, if you think about it, that’s our nation’s first protest gear, and a woman made that. So that really excited me.”
While she realizes that women tend to dismiss their own ideas because they don’t believe they could possibly make an impact, in her new book, “DIY Rules for a WTF World,” Suh proves that no idea is too small.
“I figured out how to nurture these ideas instead of talking myself out of them from the get-go,” Suh said. “So this book is like my love song to women on how to nurture and fall in love with their own ideas, because I think that’s how we’re going to have a really massive revolution.”
Suh’s success comes from her unwavering motivation. When she has an idea, she chases it with fervor.
With a combination of ambition and fearlessness, her one thought blew up into a sea of pink and women’s empowerment.
She explained that the reason her project took off so quickly was because she wasn’t afraid to ask others to join her movement. When she recruited Kat Coyle and Aurora Lady to help with the project, she was asking her friends to use their superpowers to help a bigger cause.
To Suh, creating this project meant asking women to hone their skills, be themselves and do what they do best to live a happier life.
“We all have a purpose in this world, and often it’s aligned with what we do best, what makes us really happy and puts us in a flow state,” Suh said. “So, these things, your purpose and your flow state and your happy place, are often one in the same.”
Most importantly, Suh understands the significance of taking inventory of your strengths and noticing how empowering they can be.
She expressed that the patriarchy is invested in us not knowing ourselves very well, but it’s actually our biggest strength, because there is power in numbers.
“Whenever you get to know yourself, it’s kind of seen as really selfish and self-centered,” Suh said. “Really, the more you get to know yourself, the more you can be this amazing team player.”
As a powerful and successful woman, Suh foresaw the success of her movement, because she never lost sight of the ultimate goal. She wanted to make a change, and so she did.
“I built The Pussyhat Project to remind you that you are a superhero,” Suh said. “It was a reminder that you are the hero of your own life, and that you can make a huge difference.”
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