10 Products That Empower Other Women


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You may have noticed that lately there has been a surge of women empowerment throughout so many areas of media and business. From advertising centered on girl power to hashtags on social media about asking actresses more intellectually stimulating questions on the red carpet to businesses leading initiatives solely focused on supporting women entrepreneurs, things are definitely going in the right direction in terms of gender equality.

We already know women run the world, but what if we could help another woman run her life? There is another way to support women empowerment other than tweeting with a specific hashtag or sharing the latest trending advertisement with your friends. There are thousands of businesses across the world that support women through a variety of business models, both globally and locally. We rounded up some of our favorites so you can shop while helping women throughout the world.

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Bastilla Bib

Brand: 31 Bits

How they help: Every product created by 31 Bits is made by female artisans in Uganda who are receiving a sustainable income and holistic education, empowering them to rise above poverty through the 31 Bits five year development program. In addition, every bead is created from recycled paper–now you’re supporting women while helping the planet!

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Bamboo + Lemongrass Candle

Brand: Raven + Lily

How they help: These candles are created in Los Angeles, California by women who have transitioned out of homelessness. This employment opportunity allows for them to continue on the path of empowerment.

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The Fanny Laptop Case

Brand: No. 41

How they help: The Fanny Laptop Case is handmade in Gisenyi, Rwanda. Each purchase not only provides a stable job and sustainable income to a young woman transitioning into a life of independence, but it also provides 68 school lunches to a secondary student in her community.

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Grey Batik Trapeze Dress 

Brand: Della

How they help: Della is a woman-owned and woman-run business working directly with a community in West Africa, providing jobs, education and skills training to women.

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Alpaca Pom Pom Beanie

Brand: The Little Market

How they help: This beanie is handmade by women artisans in Peru and provides a sustainable income for the artisans and their families.

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Makati Foldover Clutch

Brand: Rags2Riches

How they help: Using upcycled cloth and indigenous fabrics, Rags2Riches sets out to employ female artisans throughout Payatas, one of the poorest parts of the Philippine capital, helping them weave better futures for their families and communities.
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Peace Basket

Brand: Indego Africa

How they help: All profits fund educational training programs for the women who handcraft the products.

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Mist Nomad Bootie

Brand: Sseko

How they help: These shoes are crafted from Ethiopian sheepskin sourced from local Ethiopian farmers. In addition to providing jobs and contributing to the economic development of the region, 10% of the profits of these shoes go directly towards the Sseko Scholarship Fund, which enables bright young women in East Africa to continue their university degrees and become leaders in their communities.

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Anigye, Thank You Card Set

Brand: Mariemae

How they help: This card was designed by a female artisan in Accra, Ghana. In addition, for every purchase, Mariemae will provide an hour of business school to an entrepreneur in a developing market.

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 Adriana Bralette Jazzy

Brand: Naja

How they help: Through their Underwear for Hope program and partnership with the Golondrinas Foundation in Colombia, Naja trains single or head of household mothers to sew. Naja then employs them to make products like this bralette so that they can help themselves and their children.

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Emily Raleigh

Emily is the Founder & CEO of Spire & Co. Since starting the brand in high school, she has spearheaded business development, community development, and marketing. Emily is a senior at Fordham University, where she is studying marketing, communications & media management, and digital design. When not working on Spire & Co or in class, Emily can be found reading or on a bike–either finding her SOUL at SoulCycle or riding her rusty beach bike at her home on the Jersey Shore.

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