10 Dec Wearable Christmas Stockings to Highlight Gender Pay Gap
Stockings – a key part of Christmas once used to promote women’s suffrage – are at the heart of a festive campaign by Quiet Storm, which has designed a seasonal range that also commemorates the first General Election that some women could vote in.
Inspired by the traditional cross stitch typical of many original stockings, they stay true to the original design and are focused around championing equal pay in 2019 with the message – “All I want for Christmas is equal pay.”
One hundred years ago, Suffragettes fighting for votes for women embroidered their stockings with their mission – transforming the humble and ubiquitous garment into a powerful campaigning tool. The General Election in December 1918 was the first election some women were allowed to vote in.
The ‘100 Years of Suffrage’ festive stockings come in luxury packaging that both lets the design be seen and explains the idea. The product and its design honour the original Suffragette flag logo and original colours – with a Christmas twist.
Quiet Storm is sending the stockings to selected people, encouraging them to show their support for women by wearing the stockings and putting it on social media with the hashtag #AllIWantForXmasIsEqualPay
Quiet Storm is also planning on setting up a charitable crowdfunder page for 2019. They are planning to make stockings to send MPs, which will commemorate 100th anniversary of the first female British MP and raise the ongoing issue of the gender pay gap, donating any profit to The Fawcett Society. The Fawcett Society is the UK’s leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights.
Rania Robinson, CEO at Quiet Storm, said: “The General Election in December 1918 consulted an electorate three times the size of the previous one and included, for the first time, women. This Christmas, therefore, seemed the perfect time to celebrate the centenary of their victory for the right to vote and 100 years of strong women – but at the same time recognising that we still have a way to go in achieving equality when it comes to important issues like pay.”