Difficult Woman: A Collaboration with Helen Lewis

'The difficult woman is not rude, petty or mean. she is simply willing to be awkward, if the situation demands it; demanding, if the occasion requires it; and obstinate, if someone tries to fob her off.' Helen Lewis

Helen writes: 'In early 2018, it was already apparent that the referendum on Ireland's abortion laws would be an era-defining battle. It followed two years where progressive politics seemed to be in retreat in Britain and the US, with the vote for Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Would Ireland buck the trend by repealing the eighth amendment to the Irish constitution - which gave equal weight to the life of a woman and her foetus - and liberalising its laws?

When I appeared on the BBC's Andrew Marr programme, I decided to wear a REPEAL necklace - reasoning that if branded jewellery was good enough for the Suffragettes and Suffragists, it was good enough for me. Mine came from Wear And Resist, and for days afterwards, people asked me about it. So when I finished Difficult Women, I wondered if there was a way to collaborate with Sarah again. She said yes, as did our charity partner Women for Refugee Women, and the result is stunning.

Many female refugees are escaping from sexual and physical violence, and Britain should not retraumatise them as it processes their applications. Women For Refugee Women gives them a voice - through English and drama lessons - and campaigns for a fairer asylum system.'

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  • The original Difficult Woman necklace designed by Sarah Day to celebrate the publication of Helen Lewis's book Difficult Women.

    The original

    With the first design to celebrate the publication of the hardback edition, I wanted to mimic the look and feel of the cover.

    Difficult Woman 
  • Model wears original Difficult Woman necklace designed for Helen Lewis to celebrate the publication of the hardback edition of Difficult Women.

    The Difficult Woman

    I loved how the sharp, jarring design, which reflects the points that Helen is arguing in the pages so well.

  • Teal mirror Difficult necklace designed by Wear and Resist for Helen Lewis's book Difficult Women.

    The paperback design

    With this design I wanted to play on this idea of owning the insult. I liked the idea of a flashy, in your face, fancy version of the word to wear with both a bit of humour and two fingers up.

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Model wears yellow mirror Difficult necklace designed by Sarah Day at Wear and Resist to celebrate the paperback publication of Helen Lewis's book, Difficult Women

'Above all she knows that no woman can fight all the battles alone, nomatter how difficult she is.

Sometimes, she feels tired, and worn out. But one thing saves her, because a difficult woman should always find herself some other difficult women.'

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Helen Lewis on the Andrew Marr show wearing a Wear and Resist REPEAL necklace in 2018

Helen Lewis wearing a Wear and Resist Repeal Necklace on the Andrew Marr Show
Hanging Repealed the 8th chilli frost red necklace with gold 8thModel wears repealed the 8th chilli frost red necklace with gold 8th
Women for Refugee Women charity logo

£2 from every Difficult and Difficult Woman necklace goes to Women for Refugee Women

Women for Refugee Women supports women who are seeking asylum in the UK and challenges the injustices they experience. They run a range of activities for
refugee women.

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