Any time women come together with a collective intention, it’s a powerful thing. Whether it’s sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens. – Phylicia Rashad
Now that Women’s History Month is over, we wanted to continue on women empowerment everywhere. We’ve created a list of brands that continue to empower women every single day.
You may know Andrea Lieberman from styling the likes of Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Lopez but she has her own brand that was designed to promote “women, community and a pioneer spirit.” A.L.C designed a tee especially for International Women’s Day and on March 8th all of the proceeds collected from the site were donated to Planned Parenthood.
When you think “Girl Power”, this wonderful brand should come to mind. Raven + Lily has employed over 1,500 women offering them them access to a safe job that brings sustainable income. They also have health care, education providing them a fighting chance of breaking a depressing cycle that has taunted their families for generations. You can visit the store front in Austin, Texas where the designs are made by hand in economically-challenged countries like Pakistan, India, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Kenya, and Peru.
Three fashion heavyweights came together to create a brand that is all about empowering women of all ages with effortless self expression. Former Vogue editors, Valerie Macaulay and Meredith Melling alongside former rag & bone mogul Molly Howard decided to create everyday necessities that you can dance, eat or sleep in. They had the brilliant idea to team up with the Free the Nipple campaign for baseball tees with a dainty but bold doodle of breasts. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Human Campaign, which supports the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment in 38 states. Yes for gender equality!
Every girl loves fashion and technology and SOKO was created to help master and merge the two in Kenya. “Soko was founded on the belief that innovation can empower women, can connect markets, and can foster opportunities that change lives.” Artisans have the opportunity to introduce the products to the masses by having direct access to a global marketplace without use of electricity, a computer or bank account.
“We are proud to provide our customers with a new kind of luxury; handmade, ethical goods at accessible prices. Soko works with some of the world’s best brands and customers (you!) to shift the perception of ethical fashion and promote conscious consumerism”
Brittany Underwood felt an overwhelming feeling of compassion after meeting an extraordinary Ugandan woman who took 24 children from the East African streets into her home. After graduating from college, she soon found that many Ugandan women had taken on the same responsibility. This sparked a fire in the now founder of Akola, meaning “to work.” Underwood realized that by training and employing women they would be guaranteed a monthly income that would allow them to care for thousands of children.
“At Akola, each necklace made represents a single woman and a single story. Each necklace empowers the woman who made it to actually re-design their stories to become ones read with dignity, grace and honor.”
Studies have shown that giving a woman a job leads to strong, infinite benefits even though we are still fighting for equal pay. “FASHIONABLE’s focus on working with women comes from this understanding, and our own growth and education continues in us learning how to do this the best way possible.” We love fashionABLE because it creates and sells beautiful products created by women who have overcome.
Written by: Joce Blake, Senior Fashion Editor