Did y'all catch Emma Watson's speech on feminism? Beautiful words from a young actress on gender equality.
We cannot do nothing and expect change! This is a human rights issue for women AND men to get involved in.
"I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men."
"All I know is that I care about this problem, and I want to make it better."
Purchasing ethical clothing is a smart and fun way to be a feminist. Let's be proactive against human trafficking and fight for gender equality. Get your kids involved too as we affect this generation and the next.
Do you agree with Emma Watson? Is it an "uncomplicated" decision to be a feminist? Are you an inadvertent advocate of feminism?
What is something you can do to promote gender equality?
Corban Bryant served in the US Air Force for several years before making one of the biggest decisions of his life: to move his family to South Asia and pursue social enterprise.
A quote from Corban in Checkpoints Magazine this month: "We are a contract manufacturer that makes garments for export to designers in the US and Europe. We also create training and job opportunities for survivors of exploitation. Many of our employees are men and women who have suffered under human trafficking, bonded labor or discrimination due to disease, caste or religion. We believe social business creates sustainable ways to address real issues. It's not charity, it's real jobs that empower people to a fresh start and a changed life. "
Check out the rest of the article here, starting on page 60:
What do you think of when you hear the term "social business" or "social responsibility?" I think Corban defined it best: running a business with PEOPLE in mind. Purnaa is taking a stand, in an area of the world overrun with corruption and discrimination, for human rights and EMPOWERING WOMEN.
After sitting in customs for a month and a half, the fall dresses are HERE! Whoo hoooo!
This new batch features my logo (created by Andy & Lori Saczynski, www.artbyandyski.com) on an OUTSIDE label! It's meant to promote awareness and conversations about ethical clothing. Do girls like talking about clothes? Yes they do!
These classic-cut dresses and stylish tunic tops were designed around a TEXAS autumn. It's still close to 100 degrees almost every afternoon, so a breezy sundress really is the most practical garment. I picked some deep, saturated colors for fall, some reds and greens for holidays, and some black and white for all occasions. The dresses stand alone beautifully, but are perfect layering pieces as well. Pair with a cargo or denim jacket, colorful cardigan, or infinity scarf, sweet sandals or tights & boots!
Thank you to Kay Harmon again for the gorgeous, professional pictures of my first round of Evan Brooke items. Kay was efficient with her time and equipment, and the end result was perfect.
Kay does fantastic family, baby, engagement, wedding, senior portrait, and other special occasion photography! She's in the Dallas area these days, but I was able to grab her while in San Antonio!
So I was in the market for some new eyewear, as it’s been close to 10 years since my last glasses purchase. Anyone else only buy glasses once a decade?
The trend is STATEMENT glasses. The designer brands in most glasses stores (which are almost ALL from the enormous parent company Luxottica) are all carrying funky and chunky frames with a little somethin' at the temples.
After trying on some way cool & trendy designer specs at the optometrist, I thought, wait a minute! Surely there are some glasses companies out there doing business with a cause.
Here’s what I found:
ECO optics are made from 95% recycled materials, and they also plant a tree for every pair sold. Super trendy and affordable. www.eco-optics.com
Eyes of Faith donate a pair for every pair bought, and they also print Scripture on the inside of their frames. Because “Eye wear my faith!” Also very trendy and affordable. www.eofoptical.com
Warby Parker offers super affordable frames and also gives a pair for every pair sold. www.warbyparker.com
I had to do a little research online to find out who carries these brands in my city and found a few at TSO. It’s a bummer out of the hundred or so eye stores in this area, only a couple carry brands with socially-responsible missions! But they are out there! Go find them and make a purposeful purchase you can be proud of!
These new glasses will certainly be one of MY new statements!!
Do you donate used clothing? Do you wear secondhand clothing?
What you think about how you feel about it? (Harvard Sailing Club, anyone?)
According to Goodwill.com: "In 2013, we used 83 percent of the revenue generated through your donated stuff to support and grow programs that result in significant social impact for your community members in need of work."
"The Salvation Army has made human and sexual trafficking one of it's major initiatives..." -Alesia Adams
My Moment, by Emily Leigh
I love to hear birth stories. So many moms talk about that “moment” when they knew love or felt like they were moms. Here is mine: I stood, slightly sore and very tired after a twenty-four hour labor, over a plastic bassinet. I was still wearing one of those horrid hospital gowns. The sounds of a hospital at night – which does not really sleep – surrounded us. I looked at my pink fussing babe with the same amazement that many women feel the first time they see their baby. I started to change that very first sticky tar like diaper and as I wiped her clean, I realized that she would have sex. I realized that she would grow up and be vulnerable to evil men. I prayed right then that she would make wise decisions. I prayed that she would be protected from those that would hurt her in the uniquely horrific way that rape, sex slavery, and exploitation hurt people. That is my “becoming a mother” moment.
But that is not only my mothering moment, it is also why the fight against sex slavery and exploitation means so much to me.
I stood, clean, fed, over a baby that was equally clean and fed. She had been delivered into a safe environment. I had those worries and fears, but I knew that we could and would take all the precautions in the world to protect her from exploitation, rape, and sex slavery.
But, I know that right now there are mothers weeping over the birth of a daughter. They know what happened to them will happen to their daughter. It would be a miracle for their daughter to stand, whole and strong, having made her own choices about her body as an 18 year old.
I weep with them.
But I am not so helpless as to just weep. I can raise my daughter and my sons to respect all human life. Women need to be protected, but men need to be taught that women are their equals. I can do that.
I can support those that are more on the front lines of this current abolition battle. Like Purnaa’s kickstarter campaign.
I can support those that are also heavily involved in using fashion to fight slavery like Evan and her Evan Brooke clothing line.
It might take a miracle for those other daughters to stand strong and whole as adults the way I hope my daughter will. That miracle might look like four visible angels surrounding each female in Mumbai. Or, it might look like a lot of people who do more than weep. It might be you and I moving stone after stone of the mountain that supports slavery. But, that will work. The mountain will move. Stone, by slow stone, it will happen.
What stones do you move in the fight to end slavery? What is your “moment” where you knew this was a battle you needed to fight?
Purnaa is a social enterprise, which means that we gauge our success by the lives we impact. All of our profits are reinvested to further our social mission of creating jobs for survivors of exploitation, such as human trafficking, bonded labor, and discrimination because of caste, religion, or disease.Read More
Consider the typical conversation many of us (myself included) have with the other moms at the school:
"Hey! I like that shirt!"
"Oh, thanks, I got it for $5 on the clearance rack at so-and-so big box store."
Take a minute here and think about this… if you paid $5, how much did the store pay? Maybe $5 if it was on the clearance rack, but more likely it was less. So after shipping and taxes, how much did the store pay the manufacturer? How much did the manufacturer pay the folks sewing the garment? How much did they pay for the fabric? How much did the fabric mill pay for the cotton or other raw materials? Wait a minute, is everyone actually getting paid here? Hmmm...
If you dare, check out slaveryfootprint.org for a serious wake-up call!
I love love LOVE the Xandra shirt. It's RAYON! How many rayon shirts does your little girl have? Rayon feels fantastic; it's light and silky. Perfect for summer and perfect for layering later in the year.
This top is also a great length. It looks free and easy with shorts and pants, but also lovely with leggings or skinny pants.
Grab one while they're still available in these adorable prints!
Well, what IS ethical clothing? Ethical clothing comes from a place where employees are treated well; they are paid a fair wage, have positive, enriching work environments, and are rewarded for their skills and extra time. In addition to the fair treatment of people, ethical clothing also comes from a place where owners and managers are respecting the natural world. Energy efficiency, low waste, and using sustainable resources are marks of ethical manufacturing.
Should we tolerate any less?
Right now, ethical clothing seems like a fad in America. However, as we become more aware of apparel supply chains, I am confident that more people will demonstrate their concern by purchasing clothing from sources they trust.
There are more slaves in the world than ever before. Sources estimate between 20 and 30 million slaves right now. This includes women, men, and children forced into the sex industry and all forms of bonded labor.
"Every citizen can take action by learning more, by going to the website that we helped create: slaveryfootprint.org, by speaking up and insisting that the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the products we buy are made free of forced labor." - President Barack Obama
"Our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights causes of our time, and the United States will continue to lead it — in partnership with you. The change we seek will not come easy, but we can draw strength from the movements of the past. For we know that every life saved — in the words of that great Proclamation — is 'an act of justice'; worthy of 'the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God'." -President Barack Obama