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Purple Dresses ​Hang​ from Hawaiʻi Capitol to Represent “Missing Women”

March 8, 2017, 2:44 PM HST (Updated March 9, 2017, 6:49 AM) · 2 Comments
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    A group of young women suspended more than a dozen purple dresses from the fourth floor balcony of the Hawaiʻi State Capitol to represent “missing women” in observance of International Women’s Day.

    A sign near the public art piece read, “Each dress represents a real woman. Many are missing women, and are also women missing out on economic security, paid labor, and the refuge of home. Honor invisible stories. #iwd2017”

    Some dresses displayed names and messages like “Charlie Scott,” “15% of Filipinas are killed from Domestic Violence related crimes,” “44% of incarcerated women are Native Hawaiian,” and “Thousands of native American women disappear every year.”

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    Hundreds of passerbys stopped to observe the spectacle. One observers noted that “The dresses blowing in the wind looked like ghosts.”

    Purple Dresses ​Hang​
    from the Hawaiʻi State Capitol to Represent “missing women.”

    Purple Dresses ​Hang​
    from the Hawaiʻi State Capitol to Represent “missing women.”

    Purple Dresses ​Hang​
    from the Hawaiʻi State Capitol to Represent “missing women.”

    Purple Dresses ​Hang​
    from the Hawaiʻi State Capitol to Represent “missing women.”

    Purple Dresses ​Hang​
    from the Hawaiʻi State Capitol to Represent “missing women.”

    Purple Dresses ​Hang​
    from the Hawaiʻi State Capitol to Represent “missing women.”

    Purple Dresses ​Hang​
    from the Hawaiʻi State Capitol to Represent “missing women.”

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