On Saturday, January 21st in Washington, DC, and across North America, an incredible event of solidarity is set to take place. In honor and admiration of the Women’s March, we’ve rounded up some seriously amazing women and organizations that we want you to know about (if you don’t already). From activists to designers to artists, women all over the world are affecting change, big and small. Every single effort and voice counts and we are lucky to be working with so many rad ladies in our community. We’re proud of the word community too, and of the mutual admiration and support for one another we witness and take part in every single day. Below are three designers, four organizations and two influential women we should all be following this year. Get to know them now.
Brooklyn brand UNIFORME makes simple, beautiful garments that are seasonless and easy to wear. They do amazing things on the regular such as this limited edition Anderson Tee embroidered with a tonal PP monogram. Now, of course this is not your ordinary t-shirt. When you buy this tee the net proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood. Plus, UNIFORME has designed the piece as a structured, feminine interpretation of your closet staple so you can feel good while doing good.
Buy the tee here.
KNOBBLY X LAURIE FRANCK
Gittit Szwarc is the designer behind Knobbly, a multidisciplinary studio focusing on jewelry and artists collaborations. Her recent collaboration is with photographer and handpoke tattoo artist Laurie Franck. In all of Laurie’s work, across mediums, the naked body is at the center of her art: alone, in love, sexual, or abstract. Her use of fragile lines deconstructs the human shape; reminding us that it’s this body that connects us to ourselves, and above all, connects us to each other. This rad collaboration tee depicts the female body in an abstract form and is made in Tel Aviv and printed in the Knobbly studio by their team.
Buy the tee here.
Designer Beth Richards is known for her functional yet luxurious swimwear. Doing something a little different (and amazing), she has designed this simple white tee with a black censor bar across the chest. Beth states, “The censor graphic was created for my debut collection in 2012 for the Girl with a Rebel Heart. Hard to believe today it still resonates almost moreso iconic”. In conjunction with the Gloria Steinem Foundation this tee aims to bring together women in solidarity. All proceeds of the sale will go towards the betterment of women’s lives and progressing women’s rights around the world on the quest for equality.
Buy the tee here.
New York’s The Wing is a home base for women: a work and social space designed for convenience and connection. Generated by the fact that taking up space can be a profound act in a society where men have the power and prestige, The Wing’s rules are all written by women. It’s a place for women to work, communicate and relax in a non-threatening atmosphere. An offline destination for women to build essential relationships, hatch plans and really… run the world together.
Learn more about The Wing here.
October 2016 marked Planned Parenthood’s 100 year strong. Today, it is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. They deliver vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men and youth worldwide. With the heart of Planned Parenthood in the local community, they currently have 57 unique, locally governed affiliates nationwide that operate approximately 650 health centers. Let’s keep this number growing.
Get involved here.
GIRLS OF NEW YORK
Girls of New York was created by Nicole Zivkovic and Miki Nakano (above) in August 2014. They started their movement as a social media initiative to raise awareness of girl’s issues, combat stereotypes and micro-aggressions, and ultimately inspire and empower other girls to share their stories. They interview, photograph, and post pictures of women and their allies in an effort to portray the diverse array of people they meet in New York. Through this they spark conversations about the pertinent issues that affect the lives of each and every person they met, and spread awareness of what goes on in our world especially what impacts girls and women. We couldn’t think of a better way to use the power of social media.
Ms. Foundation works to bring attention to the real challenges facing women, especially women of color and low-income women who are living in poverty, working paycheck to paycheck or both. They work day in and day out to advocate for national and statewide policy change that will address these challenges while supporting over 100 organizations throughout the United States that are working for change on a grassroots level. They fight with fuel coming from that fact that for every woman who has reached the “top” there are millions of women struggling to earn a living wage, gain access to basic health care, secure affordable child care and participate in the opportunities that should be available to every person.
Support the collective here.
WOMEN TO FOLLOW
Gretchen Jones currently lives Portland and is a Executive MBA (Fashion) candidate at the University of the Arts London – London College of Fashion, seeking to extend her creative influence beyond collection design. She is a visual artist whose passion has always been rooted in being an advocate for sustainable business practices, especially within the fashion industry. She uses her voice and her Instagram as a platform to speak out about women’s issues, express her experiences and feelings and really start a conversation.
“I believe we can utilize social media for its potential to bring us together, not tear us apart. This is a critical time in our history, for ourselves and our families and our friends AND the next generation. Being responsible, activated/engaged and enjoying the ride of life (and our social platforms) doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. But that’s up to each of us individually. Are we ready to challenge ourselves to think beyond each post and back into reality? I sure hope so. We certainly need to be.”
Follow Gretchen Jones here.
Jody Rogac was in born in England, and raised in Vancouver, BC. She currently lives and works in New York as a photographer. Whether it’s a portrait or a fashion shoot, she loves to photograph people. Jody works closely with her subjects in order to capture them as simply as possible, in their most natural moment. Her work often includes photographing the beautiful faces of powerful women such as Jemima Kirke, Liv Tyler, Petra Collins and Erykah Badu. With uncomplicated styling, choice of subject and ever-perfect composition, Jody brings to light the intelligence and strong-willed natural beauty within every woman she photographs. Her work is thoughtful, raw and truly stunning.
“Photographing women in particular wasn’t something I set out to do, it just happened naturally. I also love to photograph men, and subjects of all kinds. I do however love to photograph women in a thoughtful manner, and show off the strength in them.”
Follow Jody Rogac here.