15 Businesses by Women, for Women - A Shopping Guide for #DayWithoutAWoman

What is the #DayWithoutAWoman about?

“On International Women's Day, March 8th, women and our allies will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.

The Women's March supports the feminists of color and grassroots groups organizing the International Women’s Strike on International Women's Day, March 8th, 2017. In the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the Women's March, together we will mark the day by recognizing the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system--while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity.  

Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:

  1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor

  2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).

  3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman” -womensmarch.com/womensday

 

On March 8, I will be wearing red, taking the day off from all my jobs, and avoiding shopping that day. But, I will always support shopping and supporting these amazing businesses that are woman-led/owned, and support women in the United States and around the world.

If you're looking to support women-owned businesses that also improve the lives of women through social enterprise work, please consider supporting the organizations below. 

We've created a handy guide to download, and reference anytime you need a reminder of where to shop and make a difference.

 

 

15 Businesses by Women, for Women

A Shopping Guide for #DayWithoutAWoman

 

1 | BAM Essentials

Organic Personal Care Products

BAM Essentials’ mission is to create organic personal care products, by training young women with the work and life skills to succeed.
— bamessentials.org
Creating sustainable opportunities for women to lift their families out of poverty by connecting people worldwide in a circle of exchange that enriches everyone.

We believe that in order to end poverty, we must empower women to transform their lives.We do this through business training and mentoring, and we’re good at it.

We have found that for women to successfully move out of poverty, what they need is confidence and business skills. Our model allows them to leave poverty behind...for good.
— beadforlife.org

Our pick: Shimmer Necklace

 

3 | Bird & Stone

Jewelry

Bird + Stone was founded on the principle that jewelry can do good and in fact, improve the world. We empower each consumer to be a “micro-philanthropist” - making meaningful change through the simple act of purchasing jewelry. Our mission is to inspire, educate, and most importantly help shape the dreams of deserving women who are aspiring to be independent, financially stable, and educated. By giving women opportunities in the developing world, we help them pull themselves out of poverty.
— birdandstone.com

Our pick: The Future is Female - Silver Cuff   Each bracelet gives $5 to Planned Parenthood of NYC!
 

4 | BRANDED Collective

Jewelry

The BRANDED Collective employs survivors of human trafficking from Nashville-based non-profit End Slavery Tennessee. BRANDED is an economic empowerment jobs program where the women collaborate with local artisans to design and handcraft the jewelry collection.
— brandedcollective.com

Our pick: Brass Layered Necklace

 

5 | Bright Endeavors  

Candles

Bright Endeavors transforms the lives of young moms by teaching these strong women to craft premium soy candles in a supportive, professional environment. Through our paid job training program, we provide the guidance and job skills young moms need to secure quality employment and begin on a path towards professional success.
— brightendeavors.org

Our pick: Lemon Tea candle

 

6 | Cora

Organic Tampons

We’re committed to giving all women access to safe and effective period products as well as valuable and trustworthy information to educate and empower. +pads given to girls in need.
— cora.life

Our pick: Free trial! Just pay for shipping.

 

7 | Fair Anita

Jewelry and Accessories

Fair Anita is a social enterprise that’s all about empowering women from around the world with dignified jobs and fair trade relationships. Our talented artisan partners carefully design and create all products by hand—gorgeous accessories you can be proud to wear!
— fairanita.com

Our pick: Fight for What’s Right bracelet


 

8 | FashionABLE

Leather goods, Jewelry, Scarves

FASHIONABLE is a socially conscious accessories brand dedicated to creating sustainable business that promotes economic change. We are committed to making beautiful, quality products while also supporting commerce and changing lives both locally and globally.
— livefashionable.com

Our pick: Menbere Foldover Bag

 

9 | Global Mamas  

Clothing and Accessories

Founded in 2003, the Global Mamas community is comprised of thousands of people from around the world working together with the mission of creating prosperity for African women and their families. Our Mamas define prosperity as going beyond financial well-being to include happiness and good health. They achieve prosperity by creating and selling unique, handcrafted products of the highest quality. Being able to do the work they love and being empowered by financial independence leads to greater happiness. Our Mamas realize their dreams of having the opportunity to support their families, send their children to school, improve their health, and save for the future.
— globalmamas.org

Our pick: Home Apron Gardening - Hanging Ferns: Navy


 

10 | MADE by DWC

Clothing, Accessories, Upcycled Gifts

MADE by DWC is a social enterprise created by the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) to break the cycles of chronic homelessness and unemployment. By empowering women to discover talents and develop skills through vocational opportunities, MADE by DWC generates economic and social capital to support programs at DWC and create opportunities for women to overcome barriers to employment.
— madebydwc.org

Our pick: Repurposed Book Journal


 

11 | My Sister

Clothing

My Sister is fighting sex trafficking, one shirt at a time.

My Sister’s mission is to prevent sex trafficking, educate communities, empower the population, provide after-care for survivors and offer growth opportunities to at-risk women through the sales of our statement-making, ethically-sourced apparel and accessories.
— mysister.org

Our pick: Feminist Black Sweatshirt

 

12 | Sseko Designs  

Footwear, Leather Bags, Accessories

Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand that hires high potential women in Uganda to make sandals to enable them to earn money through dignified employment that will go directly towards their college educations and ensure they will continue pursuing their dreams. To date, we’ve enabled 60 women to continue on to university. We currently employ 50 women in Uganda from all walks of life. We believe that every woman has a dream. When she is given the opportunity to pursue those dreams, we are collectively walking towards a brighter and more just and beautiful world.
— ssekodesigns.com
Starfish Project is an organization that cares for women escaping human trafficking and exploitation in Asia. We provide life-changing opportunities through our Holistic Care Programs and our innovative social enterprise where women create beautiful jewelry, but also become managers, accountants, graphic designers, and photographers.
— starfishproject.com

Our pickCarter-Blue; Crystal & Gold earrings

 

14 | Thistle Farms  

Personal care products and more

Thistle Farms is a powerful global community of women healing from prostitution, trafficking and addiction. We employ 50 survivors through our social enterprises: Thistle Farms Home & Body, Thistle Stop Cafe, and an artisan studio. Thistle Farms Global helps employ more than 1500 women.
— thistlefarms.org

Our pick: Bath salts

 

15 | Women’s Bean Project  

Bean Soup, Food and Jewelry

Women’s Bean Project believes all women have the power to transform their lives through employment. So we hire women who have been chronically unemployed and teach them to work by creating nourishing products. They learn to stand tall, find their purpose and end the cycle of poverty. Because when you change a mother’s life, you change her family’s life.
— womensbeanproject.com

Our pick: Three Soup Gift Bundle

 

Bonus: Ogunte

Check out this awesome map of women all over the world making a difference! #inspriring #womenruntheworld  

The ‘Impact Women’ map aims to build a network of 1 million women social entrepreneurs by 2020 and foster peer-to-peer support, to change people’s world.
— ogunte.com


 

Download this handy shopping guide, so you always remember where to shop when you want to support women and make a difference.


AUTHOR: BETHANY PALM

Bethany is the Founder of Social + Good + Impact, a community of social entrepreneurs. As a jack-of-all-trades nonprofiteer and recognized social enterprise expert, Bethany brings a decade of experience launching and managing social enterprises. 

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