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Today marks the official start of Women's History Month, a 31-day celebration of women and all that we have accomplished. But, as we reflect on the women's rights movement, we're reminded of the predicament we as women currently face—both at home and abroad. Beyond impassioned Facebook posts and pithy tweets, now is the time to take action and make our voices heard. The following three organizations are dedicated to empowering women through steady employment, financial support, and social media—all while selling some seriously chic home products. Consider putting your hard-earned dollars towards a good cause, both during Women's History Month and beyond:
The Little Market
Founded by Lauren Conrad back in 2013, The Little Market is a fair trade shop that supports and empowers female artisans in developing countries. Every purchase generates meaningful income for these developing communities and improves the quality of life for the artists and their families. In 2015, it was officially granted a 501(c)3 status for non-profit charitable organizations.
Each sale empowers artisans at Woven Promises in Ethiopia.
Raven + Lily
This Austin-based company founded by Kirsten Dickerson partners with artisan groups in Ethiopia, Kenya, Haiti, Cambodia, and beyond. The brand hopes to help women in these developing countries break the cycle of poverty and provide for their families. Raven + Lily is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, which means you can be confident that your money is going to a good cause.
Each sale helps single mothers and widows in Malaysia to provide for their families with dignity.
To The Market
Founder Jane Mosbacher Morris led an anti-human trafficking initiative and worked with the Bureau of Counterterrorism as well as the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues before creating To The Market. The organization fights for causes like orphanhood, war widows, and human trafficking, in addition to providing female artisans with a platform to sell their goods and tell their stories.
Each sale supports local artists in Guatemala and provides them with a dignified way of making a living.
What women-empowering brands would you add to this list? Share your favorites below!