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Fashion and feminism

Kate Goldwater, a former JWA intern, has a new venue to express her feminism: her own clothing store, AuH2O. Kate makes her own line of clothes from recycled garments, which she restyles. Many of her pieces have a political message, such as her “Reproductive Freedom Fighter” dress and the “I am a Feminist” tank top – both of which convey the message that being sexy and political are not mutually exclusive.

Kate’s clothes are funky, fun, and a great reminder that there are many ways to speak out and make political statements. T-shirts with political slogans have been around for a long time, but it seems to me that Kate takes this genre to another level, combining the “body as billboard” effect with “body as fashion statement.” What do you think about this fusion of fashion and feminism?

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Rosenbaum, Judith. "Fashion and feminism." 26 September 2006. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on March 17, 2018) <>.


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