I'm pleased to be participating in a special BlogFest to celebrate International Women's History Day - it's today, March 8, 2012. Here's a cool short video talking about how craft can empower women - love that idea! The video also has some great footage that I think was probably shot at Purl Soho, an amazing yarn and fabric mecca in NYC. It was one of my favorite stops on my last trip to NY.
I truly believe that crafting can and does empower women. It allows us to express ourselves by creating handmade items that are both useful and beautiful. When I sew, quilt, knit or crochet, I definitely feel a connection to all the women who practiced that same craft in the past, in much the same way. It's great that the handmade movement has grown so much over the past few years to show us that there's still beauty and purpose to be had creating things by hand rather than machine. I also love the connection it gives me to my own mom and grandmother, who were also life-long crafters.
I'd love to hear what you think about the link between craft and women's history and empowerment. Please take a moment to post a comment below to tell us how you feel crafting has empowered you, or share a story about women in your life who influenced your love of the handmade. I'd love to learn a bit more about you, and add your voice to this history project.