Imagine the recent Women’s marches all over the US and world without pussyhats. Sure, signs were clever and creative, but the collective message and solidarity of participants were loud and clear in the sea of bright pink hats with pointy corners.
Because there are so many areas of science and implication of its celebration, advocation, and protection is vast, it may be difficult and/or unnecessary to come up with a single symbol that encompasses all of them.
But being a former neuroscientist turned a crafter, I’m going to put on a thinking cap on…(pun intended) and explore some possibilities for a March for Science hat.
Among my neuroscientist friends, a brain hat has been a popular idea [each image is linked to its source].
Now, this is truly a thinking cap (again, intended). I’ve seen this design in many places and most often. In a way, this can be a unifying symbol/hat, that we all need to use our brain to make well informed decisions regarding the environment, our health, and future of this planet. And to demand that our government make policies based on evidence-based facts, not the other way around.
In the theme of knitted hats, I have seen two designs of DNA hat:
These are all cute, but the patterns look a bit more complicated and time-consuming.
Though I am not a chemist, this may be considered a straightforwardly “science” hat:
Again, the hat is fancy, and may be too fancy to make in a short time.
Just to carry the trend of resistance from the successful Women’s March, we can always wear pussyhats, or the same design in colors of the earth, maybe blue and/or green.
In the time of resistance, self-care is very important. Knitting is definitely a part of my self-care. It is meditative, relaxing, and provides a true measure of productivity when a project is completed. I have recently seen articles regarding its benefits in health and parenting, but then, most days you just do not have the time.
What are some do-it-in-15 min-or-less ideas. Print and stick one of these images/messages on the top of a graduation cap? Or draw on it?
My personal favorite (though my internet digging suggests that a part of the design was originally produced by a vaping company):
As a Star Wars fan, this one is nice and simple:
Finally, I found this posted in March for Science – Seattle Facebook page, but a comment indicated that it originally was posted on March for Science – Orlando FB page :
There is a knitted version of Klein Bottle Hat:
Of course it does not have to be just hats. I have seen ideas of wearing lab coats, eye protection goggles, bow ties (re: Bill Nye), carrying flasks and test tubes…
One impression I had having participated in Women’s March was how shrewd and creative signs were (I had a sign envy). If we all could put our creativity and intelligence together, I feel that we can overcome this tide. Or at least we can strategize ways to resist.
What ideas for hats, outfits, and signs have you seen? What are your favorites? What would be the way to best communicate to the the public that Science is Real? See you on April 22!