As F. Scott Fitzgerald put it in The Great Gatsby, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” It’s time to put away the flip-flops, indulge in a pumpkin spice latté, and focus on the important stuff.
Case in point: It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. And while the movement’s pink ribbon is famous, the story behind the duo is little known.
In 1979, the wife of an American hostage in Iran who was was inspired by a song, tied yellow ribbons around the trees of her front yard as a sign of her struggle. Media outlets picked up the story and soon Americans nationwide adopted the practice in solidarity. In the 80s, AIDS activists created a red version of the looped ribbon for their campaigns.
Inspired by these events, the Susan G. Komen Foundation gave tiny pink ribbons to every runner in their 1991 Race for the Cure in New York City. One year later, Alexandra Penney, then the editor-in-chief of our sister publication Self magazine, teamed up with Evelyn Lauder of Estée Lauder and created a special Breast Cancer Awareness issue of Self with the pink ribbon as its symbol. That same October, Lauder gave out 1.5 million pink ribbons, along with self-screening information, at cosmetics counters across the country. The pink ribbon had officially landed.
To show your solidarity in the kitchen—and help fight cancer—whip up one of these pink, Gourmet-approved recipes:
- According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Vitamin D and Calcium, when eaten together, may help fight early breast cancer. Treat yourself to our Perfect No-Cook Strawberry Ice Cream.
- Raspberries are rich in antioxidants, which defend against cell damage. Try a Raspberry Crumble Tart.
- Celebrate the ones you love with a fun and festive Strawberry Pineapple Soda.