The month of March is Women's History Month. And, March 8th is International Women's Day. Every day, we are each (woman or not) prospering thanks to the triumphs of women. This is a time to stop to consider and recognize women everywhere for their social, economic, cultural and political achievements. But also, we must thank and recognize women in the garment industry, all 35 million of them, who are amongst the lowest paid workers in the world.
Here are some ideas on how to empower and celebrate women everywhere:
1) Support Women-Owned Businesses!
Our marketplace is a woman-owned business! Our CEO and Co-Founder, Sydney, is a woman who dreams of eradicating extreme poverty by humanizing the issues surrounding it. We take pride in supporting many women-owned businesses and strive to bring 100 million women out of poverty in the next 10 years.
On our online shop, you can take part in the stories of female-owned businesses like Buy the Change LLC, who work to support women around the globe with limited opportunities for economic growth. Buy the Change LLC purchases its products directly from hardworking women, putting income directly in the hands of the artists.
Our Causegear collection is made by female artisans in India. These women are former or at-risk victims of human trafficking because of the lack of safe, sustainable employment in their communities. Causegear employs these women to help them escape the extreme poverty that puts their lives in danger. Every purchase you make proves safety and security to these women and their families.
Female owned and operated Aglaïa Jewelry was founded by Elisa Finoli, an Italian designer who lives and works in New York. Aglaia Jewelry is committed to environmental responsibility, ethical sourcing, and equality. Every piece is handcrafted in NY with recycled precious metals, fair-minded gold, and low-impact practices.
The more awareness you have of women in fashion, the more likely you are to support these same women. Female-led brands will benefit when you purchase from them and other brands will be encouraged to follow by supporting the next generation of female leaders in fashion.
2) Refresh Your Knowledge on Women's Rights!
Women's rights are the same fundamental human rights outlined by the United Nations. These rights include the right to live free from violence, free from slavery, and free from discrimination. Women always have the right to be educated, to own property, to vote, and to earn a fair and equal wage. While women and girls are entitled to all of these rights, many are still denied them because of their gender.
3) Learn a Little About the First Women in Fashion!
Despite the challenges that many women face, there are still strong and powerful female role models for you to learn more about on International Women's Day.
In the fashion world, there is Anne Klein and Liz Claiborne, Rose Marie Bravo and the Olsen sisters, Kate Spade and Rei Kawakubo to name a few. The more awareness you have of women in fashion, the more likely you are to support these same women. Female-led brands will benefit when you purchase from them and other brands will be encouraged to follow by supporting the next generation of female leaders in fashion.