International Women's Day was Thursday, March 8, and there were many ways to celebrate, from commemoration to education to activism. One idea we really like is supporting women-owned businesses. And there's one way to do that year-round. According to Etsy, 87% of shop owners identify as female. That means you have a pretty good chance of shopping a female-owned business at any given point. But if you want some inspiration, here are eight great picks of female-powered stores that are also full of girl power.
Artist Alison Rachel uses her Etsy store to sell issues of her zine (available for digital download), as well as prints and tote bags of her gorgeous, inspiring illustrations. You can even download one of her phone backgrounds for $3, giving you a boost of inspiration every time you need to send a text message or check your email.
Round + Square describes itself as a a "conscious fashion brand supporting gender equality." 30% of all proceeds are donated to Equality Now. All tees are made from organic cotton. In addition to shirts, they also sell pins and silk scarves.
Based out of Vancouver, Canada, Banquet Atelier is powered by two women whose designs have appeared everywhere from the Met to Anthropologie. Inspired by the activism in the past year, they created the Radical Women print. Women in silhouette include pioneers like Susan B. Anthony and Betty Friedan to modern-day trailblazers like bell hooks and Malala Yousafzai.
Jae and Jacquel Pettie, the sisters behind The Bed Head Society, aren't afraid to get political with their bright, eye-catching designs. In addition to their "Unity" sweatshirt, they also sell products that address gun control and celebrate Black culture.
San Fransisco-based illustrator Kelly Malka's celebration of women jumps off the pages in here vivid illustrations. Grab a couple of her "Girls Support Girls" postcards to send to your girl gang – or keep one for yourself as a reminder.
You'll want to stick the inspiring, invigorating stickers from Little Woman Goods on every flat surface you can find. (Good thing you can snag a pack of them.) The designer, Rosaline, describes her work as "objects about tenderness which are strong but sweet."