When I'm considering a new product, I try to choose companies that share my values whenever possible. As a woman it's extra important to me that I support female run businesses, which is why I'm teaming up with Billie!
Billie is a "female first" razor company that makes products specifically for all who identify as a woman! The starter kit includes a handle, 2 razor cartridges, and a magnetic shower holder for just $9. Each refill pack after that is $9 for 4 replacement cartridges and the frequency can be adjusted to match how frequently you shave.
Billie understands that shaving is a personal preference, and whether you like to shave every where everyday or prefer to grow it out is left up to you. They started Project Body Hair in order to change how our hair is shown in the media saying, "Commercials show women 'shaving' perfectly smooth, airbrushed legs. Strange, huh? But everyone has short stubble, long strands, or something in between. What you do with yours is up to you - grow it, get rid of it, or comb it. It's your hair, after all." And if shaving isn't your thing, you can still stock up on their other body care products (like the Sudsy Body Wash and Dry-Bye Body Lotion) which are vegan and cruelty free!
Billie is also addressing the Pink Tax, where women are charged more for everyday products than men are. The old tradition of "pink it and shrink it" comes with a cost that results in the average woman spending an extra $1,351 per year. Whether it's the actual tax we pay on feminine hygiene, or just the increased prices we pay, it's estimated that each purchase costs an average of 7% more. While major changes to our society and legislation need to happen before this problem can be solved, Billie is working hard to do their part. The Billie subscription is cheaper than Dollar Shave Club, which charges $26 for a 4 pack of razors and a 6 ounce tube of shave butter.
If you're interested in learning more about the Pink Tax, I definitely recommend you check out AxThePinkTax.com where you can calculate your estimated spend, and read studies about gendered pricing.
To sign up for a subscription with Billie, click here
Thank you to the Billie team for collaborating on this post! The starter kit and lotion were provided to me at no cost. Promoting products that not only support women, but actively seek change is something I care deeply about and I am excited to try my Billie kit and spread the word about ending the Pink Tax!
It's almost the 4th of July, and fireworks are just around the corner! And a day off right in the middle of the work week?? It's safe to say I'm super excited to spend the holiday on the lake , firecracker popsicle in hand 🙌
This year I'm teaming up with my friends at Bird + Stone to celebrate Independence Day in style with their latest cuff. Bird + Stone knows that the founding fathers wanted to build a country with democracy as its foundation, and in the words of Angelica Schuyler, it’s time to “include women in the sequel” *work!*
That’s why Bird + Stone decided to dedicate their newest accessory to women in politics. For every purchase of the “Who Run the World?” set, they will donate 10% of the cost to She Should Run “to expand the talent pool of women running for office, close the gender gap in politics by getting 250,000 women to run by 2030, and provide community, resources, and growth opportunities for aspiring political leaders”!
Even in 2018, women are dramatically underrepresented in politics. We make up 50.8% of the population, but only 20% of congress (the Center for American Women and Politics has a great tool for seeing these numbers broken down for all political offices, that you can check out here). It’s difficult for legislation to accurately reflect our country’s needs when half of citizens don’t see themselves reflected in the politicians themselves.
Luckily, more women are running for office than ever!
According to the New Yorker, as of April, 472 women had entered the race for the House of Representatives and 57 in the Senate. In 2012, that number was 298, and 36 respectively. The article also mentions the diversity of these women, saying “This year’s wave of female candidates has some striking features besides its sheer size. There is also a great deal of diversity within the group. It includes more women of color than previous electoral years, as well as a number of immigrants.”
You can see the full list of female candidates here.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is famously quoted saying “There will be enough women on the Supreme Court when there are nine”. Men have unevenly represented this country for decades, so why is the idea of an all-female court so radical? It’s time for our government to represent our population, and time for women to close the gender gap in politics.
Because who runs the world? GIRLS
Thank you to Bird + Stone for collaborating on this post! You can purchase your own set of Who Run the World cuffs here, and learn more about the She Should Run program, or make a donation here! To read my previous post featuring Bird + Stone, click here.
This week I'm really excited, because I am partnering with Bird + Stone to style a few pieces from their line of "jewelry with impact". Bird + Stone not only makes super cute accessories, but also focuses on building a world with gender equality. All of the pieces are ethically manufactured in New York, and each purchase gives back to a cause that supports their mission of female empowerment!
My favorite piece from their collection, is my "The Future is Female" cuff, which gives 10% of the proceeds to Planned Parenthood in order to fund preventative health and family planning services. Planned Parenthood also provides cancer screenings and sex education. As a PP donor and volunteer, I love being able to give continued support when I shop.
I also love this "Dream Builder" cuff, which funds micro-loans and financial training for women who struggle from poverty in rural Kenya. Bird + Stone helps these women start businesses and build their dreams.
In honor of this collaboration, I've decided to share some books about strong women that have empowered me!
Be sure to let me know if you read any of these books, and what you think! Also leave a comment if you have any suggestions for other books or resources that you've enjoyed, I'm always looking for a new read!
Thank you to Bird + Stone for partnering with me on this post! I received the jewelry at no cost, in exchange for this collaboration. You can learn more about the company and how they give back to the community on their site. As an added bonus, when you share your bracelet on Instagram, Bird + Stone doubles the donation to 20%!
Because no child should go to school afraid.
Because no teacher should be given bullets instead of books.
Because congress is bought by the NRA.
Because the lives of Black Americans matter.
Because human rights are more important than gun rights.
Because enough is enough. Today I marched.
This past Saturday, millions of women around the world gathered to fight for women's rights and equality. On Facebook I saw friends participating all over this country, from Seattle to Boston, to the original DC march. I even saw peers posting internationally, from the UK and France.
These months since the election have been difficult, as many women in America are faced with the loss of health care and the defunding of important programs such as Planned Parenthood. Young girls will be growing up in a country that is lead by a president who openly speaks of sexual assault and harassment as if it is the norm. In light of these fears, the opportunity to come together with 175,000 feminist women and men in my city alone was truly incredible. It was more than funny posters and witty lines, it was the feeling that we are not alone in this struggle and that together women can make the change we need to see.
My hope is that this march is effective. While I struggle to imagine it will influence the president or his crew of misogynists, at the very least we as marchers should use it as an opportunity to influence ourselves. Be inspired by your own participation to go further. Volunteer with organizations that will be harmed by Trump's legislation, whether that be Planned Parenthood, NARAL, or even environmental organizations. Give your time to helping others with less privilege than yourself, and stay active in the political process while being mindful of intersectionality and considering the concerns of minorities. Know that simply seeing the march on the news will not be enough to break the deep roots of sexism in our society. Avoid "slacktivism" and go through with your promises to make progress in real ways.
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