From Dystopian Novel to International Protest Symbol

Throughout the world, women have been seen donning red cloaks and white bonnets with their heads bowed resembling Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. The symbolism of the iconic novel turned TV series have become the mark of women’s rights campaigns, namely those advocating for reproductive rights and abortion. However, the impact of the novel is not limited to just campaigns; Atwood’s novel was the most read in the United States according to Amazon marking it not just a symbol of protest but representative of an era.

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