It’s Black Friday, and that means that billions of dollars will be spent today, and over the holiday weekend. We think that it would be great if a huge majority of those dollars ended up funding female empowerment rather than big fast fashion companies or corrupt corporations.
In light of this, we’ve put together a handy guide for you to use and share on how to #shoplikeafeminist this holiday season.
- Support female artists/artisans, and female-run companies
One of the most effective ways to cut down on sexual exploitation is by supporting women’s economic growth and independence. That why one of our biggest “action” focuses here at MY SISTER is supporting the funding of jobs for women who have been affected by trafficking and exploitation. Look for companies that employ female refugees (like Anne B, whose beautiful products we carry in the MY SISTER retail store), women in crisis, or female fair trade cooperatives that give women an option for survival and prosperity that is dignified and free of exploitation.
- Don’t buy products from sweatshops
Sex trafficking and labor trafficking go hand in hand. Millions of workers across the world are affected by forms of labor trafficking like bonded labor and being forced to work with no or little pay in sweatshop environments. An estimated 85% of sweatshop workers are young women between the ages of 15-25. A “sweatshop” is any manufacturing facility that violates one or more labor laws. Women working in sweatshops are often physically and sexually abused, forced to work unhealthily long hours in physically taxing positions, and are even forced to take pregnancy tests or be on birth control because their employers don’t want to pay maternity benefits!
To avoid buying products made in conditions that are harmful to women, check out a ethics rating app like Good on You or Project Just to see how your favorite brands are protecting the rights of the workers that create their products.
- Boycott companies that objectify women
Don’t purchase items from companies that objectify or exploit women in their advertising or through their products! Check out Miss Representations’ #notbuyingit campaign to discover which brands are the worst offenders and keep your wallet far, far away.
- Give gifts that empower
Look for products that give a percentage of each sale to girls’ education and equality initiatives. Invest your dollars in companies that have a proven track record of making a difference and championing the causes that you are passionate about.
Feel free to grab one of the images below to share on your own social media and add your voice to the #shoplikeafeminist movement!