BETHEL, Conn. — A handful of women talked, laughed and crocheted pink pussy hats — a trademark accessory of the Women's March on Washington — in the Bethel Library Courtyard on Wednesday.
The free class was taught by Bethel resident Laura Collins in honor of a "Day Without A Woman," a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity that coincides with International Women’s Day.
It's the same spirit as the Women’s Marches that took place across the nation the day after President Donald Trump took office.
Some women marked March 8 by taking the day off from work, shopping only in small women- and minority-owned businesses, wearing red and making donations to organizations that support women.
"It was a really joyful and positive gathering, in spite of the political realities we face. I am glad we could get strangers together and create that space, and pull together allies for what will be a long fight," said Collins, a member of Action Together Connecticut and the Bethel Democratic Town Committee.
"We talked about a Day Without A Woman and local and national politics, and shared our backgrounds and stories," Collins said.
Four of the women, including Collins, went to Washington D.C., for the Women's March.
"Most people who came were mothers and grandmothers. Some were making hats for their kids and grandkids," she said.
By the time the class ended, about seven hats were started, two were completed -- and bonds were formed.
"We're definitely going to get together to finish them," she said. "I also heard from people who want to learn how to make the hats but couldn't make it today, so it will probably take place on a weekend or after work."