Women We Love: Activists and Business-Owners

Next Monday March 8th is International Women’s Day. In honour of this, we wanted to highlight some women who inspire us, with both their activism, and businesses!


Activists

Malala Yousefzai

Malala is the youngest Nobel Prize winner ever, and that is only one of many reasons to be in awe of her. She is a 23 year old activist from Pakistan who has fought for accessible education for girls. Currently, Malala is the board chair of the Malala Fund, a non-profit she founded that helps girls around the world access secondary education.

Dom Roberts

Dom Roberts is an activist and podcast host of “The Uncomfortable” where she explores topics of racial and social justice. Dom’s informative graphics on her personal instagram started going viral in June 2020 amid Black Lives Matter protests across America. She has since been able to use her platform to open up conversations about her experiences as a Black woman in America, and share the experiences of others through her podcast.

Maya Angelou

Iconic poet, writer, director, and activist, Maya Angelou is most well-known for her story-telling about her own life and experiences. She worked for an organization created by Martin Luthur King Jr. during the civil rights era, and continued to advocate for Black people in America and Africa throughout her lifetime. Maya Angelou was awarded over 50 honorary university degrees for her contributions to literature.

Jane Fonda

Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy award winning actress Jane Fonda has used her name and her power for good throughout her entire career. From the 1960s, Jane advocated in favour of the Civil Rights, and anti-war movements. She has also advocated for causes like women’s rights, climate change, and pipelines and oil drilling.

Plastic Free Toronto

Plastic Free Toronto is an organization founded by Lin and Toni Sappong, with the intention of promoting climate justice issues. They do outreach in schools, as well as hosting seminars on sustainability, and events like beach cleanups. Their work is so important for educating people of all ages on the importance of being kind to the planet!

Vivienne Westwood

British fashion designer and trailblazer, Vivienne Westwood has been known for her political activism since the 1980s. As a powerful force in shaping punk fashion, Vivienne has always been a part of the counterculture, her activism often focusing on climate change, and promoting ethical fashion. 


Businesses

Encircled

Encircled is a slow fashion brand founded by Kristi Sommer based out of Toronto. The brand is focused on creating timeless, sustainable pieces that are also designed for comfort. Their products are also all manufactured in the Toronto area.

Brave Soles

Founded by Christal Earle, Brave Soles creates sustainable shoes and accessories using upcycled tires from the Dominican Republic. The brand’s mission is to create a good environment for their employees, while also prioritizing the planet.

Hara World + Curated Consciously

Jazzmine Raine is an activist, and serial entrepreneur who has her own podcast, as well as running Curated Consciously, an online platform focused on healing, wellness, and health. Jazzmine also runs Hara World, which runs programs in India for youth on social and environmental justice, as well as supporting social entrepreneurs.

Eco Warrior Princess

Started by Jennifer Nini, Eco Warrior Princess is a blog turned online publication focused on environmental justice, and eco-friendly living. The site covers everything from business news, to planet-friendly beauty products. If you’re interested in sustainability, there’s definitely something for you on Eco Warrior Princess!

Fashion Takes Action

Fashion Takes Action is a Canadian non-profit that advocated for sustainability in the fashion industry. Founded by Kelly Drennan in 2007, the organization empowers youth and citizens with the information to become fashion activists on their own. They have focused a lot of their education on circular fashion and are currently in the process of conducting the first ever textile recycling feasibility study in Canada. Kelly has even given a TED Talk on fast fashion and its impact on the planet.

Casa Lovina

Casa Lovina is a jewelry brand started by Angelique Andari, with pieces inspired by travel and warm island climates. These pieces are not only beautiful, but are ethically sourced and produced out of Bali.


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