Who Are the Red Hat Society Ladies?
If you see ladies in the over 50’s bracket, wearing red hats and purple dresses, then get out of their way. Red Hat Society Ladies are on the move, and they’re having fun. Now the ladies of the Red Hat Society number over 1.5 million globally. There are more than 41 000 chapters, including classes in Canada, Japan, Mexico, Egypt and Australia, in addition to an internet chapter.
Seize the Day
Wearing red hats and purple dresses is emblematic of this seize the day, devil may care approach to life. For Red Hat Society Ladies who are feeling especially frivolous, a feather boa, glitzy jewelry and purple gloves add an extra dash of glamor and fun. They call themselves a disorganisation, and don’t have any rules except the red hat and purple attire worn to all parties like a badge of honor.
Founder, Sue Ellen Cooper was inspired by Jenny Joseph’s poem Warning. The nature of the poem is all about embracing life and fun, rather than being held back by age and society’s expectations.
The poem starts off –
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and does not suit
Red Hat Society Ladies have learned the craft of prioritising what is really important in life. And they are going for it. I don’t mean doing the laundry or having the best starched sheets on the block. The Red Hat Society Ladies are intent on getting serious fun.
In fact, it’s all about fun and friendship. The fun begins with the naming of the chapters and members. The leaders of every chapter are Red Hat Royalty, with Sue Ellen Cooper as the Exalted Queen Mother.
Girls Only Wanna Have Fun
Bev Fussell, Queen of the Australian Dinky Di Divas told ABC Television that”girls just want to have fun… We’ve gone garage-saling in convoy, and that is an absolute hoot.” San Francisco’s Strutting Peacocks chapter holds an annual tea party at the San Francisco Zoo. When it comes to parade time, it appears that Red Hat Ladies simply can’t resist a red sports car or a red London style double decker bus.
Ladies with Hattitude
Even bikies are not safe from being descended upon en masse, and being asked to pose with the Red Hat Ladies. The Red Hat Rockettes in Rockingham, Western Australia, and their irrepressible leader, Queen Beadazzled, have the photographs to prove it. The Red Hat Society Ladies are ladies with a zest for life and plenty of”hattitude”. Long live the Red Hat Society.