Red Hat Society - A Brief Background
What, Who and How? Find out here!

I heard about the Red Hat Society only recently when I received an email from a reader.

She mentioned that she's a member of this interesting society. I was curious and wanted to ask her for more informations. But unfortunately, my computer crashed and I lost her mail. So when I got back my computer, I did a search on this group of amazing women who believe in fun and friendship before and after 50.

Well, needless to say, I am very impressed with what they are doing and what they stand for as a society - touching women all over the world.

Who Are These Red Hatters?

The Red Hat Society is an international group of women with founding chapter in Canada. This is a society headed by Sue Ellen Cooper who has the title "Queen Mother". The whole society started with Sue Ellen who sent her friend, Linda Murphy, a vintage red hat and a copy of the poem "Warning" by Jenny Joseph.

Linda Murphy likes the gift so much that Sue began to give the same gift to other friends. Well, one day, they decided to go out to tea as a group in purple dresses and red hats.

The tea party was a success and the whole idea was passed on from one woman to another ... and today the society has over 400,000 chapters all over the world. I understand that it is Sue Ellen Cooper's wish and deepest dream that this red hattitude will spread far and wide throughout the whole world touching lives of women young and old. Indeed, I believe that her dream is not impossible seeing the speed at which the society is spreading.

The Red Hat Society Statement of Purpose

"The Red Hat Society began as a result of a few women deciding to greet middle age with verve, humor and elan. We believe silliness is the comedy relief of life, and since we are all in it together, we might as well join red-gloved hands and go for the gusto together. Underneath the frivolity, we share a bond of affection, forged by common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes us next."

~ Sue Ellen Cooper, Queen Mother

The Red Hatters

The Red Hatters are members of the society who are fifty years old and above. Their signature attire is the red hat and purple dress.

The Pink Hatters

These are members who are below 50 years old. Attires for Pink Hatters are pink hats and lavender clothes.

A Portion of the Famous Poem That Started The Red Hattitude


When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

With a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me.

And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves

And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired

And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells

And run my stick along the public railings

And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

And pick the flowers in other people's gardens . . .

~Jenny Joseph

› Red Hattitude

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