Prior to this year, International Women's Day wasn't a huge day on my radar. Though I've always tried to do something small to show my support, this year I feel it's important to be as engaged as possible and stand in solidarity with my fellow sisters. Since I know I'm not the only woman out there looking for ways to support one another on the big day (and hopefully continuously throughout the year), having a list of feminist stores to shop on International Women's Day is so helpful.
Whether people believe it or not, there are plenty of small, women and minority-owned businesses out there that can be supported. From apparel and accessories to food and art, women are truly dominating the game and deserve to be recognized for what they do. To be honest, I feel a little disappointed in myself knowing that there are so many women-owned businesses and I haven't supported them over the years. But now that I'm aware, I'm making it a point of mine to find a new woman-owned business every month to support.
As women, the best support we can get comes from each other. So, if you're looking for a way to give that to someone this International Women's Day, these 17 stores should top your shopping list.
A great company to shop from this International Women's Day would be the online site, Bravely. The store, which employs and empowers women recovering from addiction and sexual exploitation, is a non-profit apparel and accessories company. Each product was designed in collaboration with the women in the program and gives money back to them afterwards.
Ready to make your wardrobe a little more intentional? Shopping IMBY this International Women's Day would be a great way to do it. Made in the USA using sustainable materials and woman-owned, this site is a great place to shop.
Etsy shop Unruly Emotion delivers empowering and feminist themed onesies and shirts for kids. In honor of International Women's Day, the shop will be donating 10 percent of every sale to Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women.
If you've been looking for some original artwork to add to your collection, Seattle-based artist Melanie Biehle has some exclusive images for you. Not only does she offer cool art for your gallery, you can also purchase it in on dresses, pouches, and more.
Founded by a millennial female entrepreneur, Sustain Natural is a brand of all-natural sexual wellness products. Featuring products like condoms, body oils, and lubricants, with tampons and pads launching soon, the brand can be found in retailers such as CVS, Target, and more. The company also donates 10 percent of the pre-tax profits to women's health organizations.
An ethical jewelry brand that uses a holistic approach for its employees, 31 Bits offers every woman that enters the 5-year program, a family feeling. Handcrafted in Uganda and Indonesia, each woman apart of the Uganda program is given a job, a community, and an education and help developing a plan for her future.
Though the Polka Dot Cupcake Shop is found in New Jersey, the travel to get one of the custom divine sweets off of the menu is well worth it. Woman-owned and operated, this shop is sure to impress you with every bite.