For those of you who are unfamiliar with Elizabeth Fry, she was an Englishwoman (1780-1845) who did a tremendous amount of work to improve the lives of women and children who were held in prisons. Since her death, the Elizabeth Fry Society has continued to uphold her principles and advocate for the rights of women in the justice system.
I haven't had any involvement with the justice system, but I do knit. I loved this shirt the moment I saw it, and I still love it today. But it's a lot harder to explain than it used to be.
Twenty years ago, knitting was definitely not the wildly hip and popular activity it is now. A ladies knitting circle signified all that was quaint and sedate, and so it would be most unexpected for those ladies to be involved in anything political or controversial. Elizabeth may have been a bit of a radical, but was also reportedly admired by Queen Victoria. And twenty years ago "terrorist" was not the charged term it is today. Back then, this was simply a witty, slightly provocative image to wear on a shirt.
I still wear it, but try to stay out of airports when I have it on.
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