International Women's Day is coming up on Mar. 8, which means it's time to celebrate the many social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. There are so many ways you can celebrate the day, and truly, there's no right or wrong way to do it. But if you're not sure what exactly you should do to participate, supportingbrands that give back to women is a great — and, let's be real, FUN, because shopping — place to start.
In 2018, women are still vastly underrepresented in almost every single industry, especially in roles of power. As women, we may comprise half of the labor force, according to data from the Institute of Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), but more stats from the IWPR show only 29 percent of businesses were owned by womenas of 2015 (a number that is, thankfully, growing). Plus, if you look to the top of the money-making pyramid, there are only 27 female CEOs on the current list of Fortune 500 companies.
We're making strides, but it's slow work, and it's not just about hiring more women to run companies. It's also about supporting all women from the bottom up, and that begins with your choices as a consumer. This week, choose to support brands that are, in turn, supporting women all over the world. Here are eight brands that give back to women for you to support for International Women's Day, and beyond.