March is all about celebrating women. 🥳Not only because it’s women’s history month but I just think women are worth celebrating. Period. This past year has been even harder for women in particular.
The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged individuals and families around the globe, unfortunately, women bear a disproportionate amount of this burden. Many reasons include, the vast majority of hospitality workers and domestic labor jobs are made up of women, and it is those industries the pandemic affected the most.
Another reason for the disparity is women are the primary child caregivers In most households, especially single-family households. So where do we go from here? Narrowing the gender wage gap would be a good start. Starting with each and every employer by raising the minimum wage, increasing pay transparency, implementing fair scheduling practices, and expanding paid family medical leave.
Over the past year, women started an average of 1,817 new businesses per day in the U.S and 1,625 of those were from women of color. What’s interesting is, due to the higher unemployment, the vast gender, and racial pay gaps, women of color start their businesses out of the need to survive. Experts call this the “necessity entrepreneurs.”
So without further ado, here are some of my favorite products all made by women of color. 💋
The Lip Bar “Bawse Lady” $13
While working on Wall Street this savvy entrepreneur started Lip Bar from her own kitchen. Purely out of frustration by the lack of diversity and the beauty industry’s standard of what beauty should look like. Her belief being, there is no standard. You are the standard! These products go one step further by also being vegan and cruelty-free. Now sold nationwide in over 1,000 stores including Target and Walmart. thelipbar.com
Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30 $18.99
While living in Miami, this founder was growing tired of her blotchy makeup and the white residue that sunscreens left behind. One thing she wanted to make clear was that black women needed sunscreen too. There is a big misconception that women with dark skin are somehow immune to sun damage and skin cancer. This just isn’t true. Thus began the need to create her own all-natural non-white residue sunscreen brand for melanin women. This fast-growing company shows no signs of stopping with the hopes of being available globally one day, here in the U.S you can find it at Target stores nationwide.blackgirlsunscreen.com
The Honey Pot Normal Wash $7.99
The first complete feminine care system that cleanses, protects and balances your vagina. Interesting story on how this company got its start. When this entrepreneur couldn’t get relief from months of suffering from bacterial vaginosis, she went to sleep. I know… stick with me. It gets better.
One night this founder had a very profound dream. A visit from one of her ancestors reciting the secrets of an ancient family recipe. This was the beginning of The Honey Pot. True story. Listen, I get it. I learned how to drive a 5-speed manual car in a dream!
Anyway, back to this recipe. Each product is 100% natural, chemical-free, cruelty-free, biodegradable, and made with the power of herbs. Available at CVS and Walgreens nationwide. thehoneypot.co
Satori Notes Bracelet $29.99
We could all use a little pep talk every now and then, and that’s exactly how this business idea got off the ground. The goal for this female entrepreneur was to create jewelry pieces that would remind the wearer to be fearless and awaken the boss babe within. I love the positive affirmation cuff bracelets. With sayings such as, “know your worth”, or “dream, hustle, slay, repeat”, my personal favorite, “CEO,000,000.” I can feel my mindset improving already! Go get ’em girls!😘satorinotes.com
Next weeks obsessions will be all about our readers. What are your favorite female businesses? Also, hearing some of your feedback and picking the “best of” from this months articles. See, now you’ve got something to look forward to. Until next week my friends. 😉
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