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Pink Ribbon Culture
Switchables will donate a portion of their revenue from the Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon stained glass nightlight cover to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. For collectors, this design adds a heart and replaces the old SW065 Breast Cancer Ribbon cover.
This cover uses the traditional stained glass process with a soldered metal frame around cut pieces of glass. You can identify the old-style covers by their "SW" catalog numbers. "SF" covers use the fused glass process and don't have metal borders.
This is not a self-contained night light. Switchables stained glass night light covers are designed to be used with the Switchables Nightlight Fixture (sorry, we are permanently sold out -- clicking that link will take you away from our store). Switchables are "switchable" because you can easily swap any one of our covers onto the same simple fixture. You can also use your Switchables cover as a suncatcher, a Christmas ornament, or with any other kind of light source. To display your Switchables cover in a window, add the optional suction cup.
Are you curious...?
The Susan G Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors in the fall of 1991. The next year, the ribbon became the symbol of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink ribbon was inspired by the already-popular red ribbon for AIDS awareness. In 1996, a pink-and-blue ribbon was first used to symbolize breast cancer in men (which is, thankfully, very rare).
Pink has long been considered a feminine color in Western societies. The pink ribbon represents the fear of breast cancer, hope for the future, and the charity of those who support the breast cancer movement. It's intended to remind women to self-examine and to encourage philanthropy. Over the years, displaying the pink ribbon has become a politically safe indication that an organization is socially aware and cares about women.
Before being associated with the breast cancer movement, pink ribbons were used on girls' christening gowns in Paris and in the US, and in St. Petersburg (Russia) they appeared on children's funeral shrouds. Pink ribbons are still used to tie up legal briefs for delivery to an English barrister, where they're called "pink tape."