When it comes to women’s rights and the clothing industry—we like our fashion slow and our gender equality fast. It’s hard not to feel discouraged when you’re faced with disparity, but you can make a difference by supporting fashion brands that empower women at every stage, from the supply chain to the shelves.
On March 8 we celebrate International Women’s Day—a global day dedicated to recognising the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It’s also a rallying point to bring attention to the many threats facing women around the world, and fashion is one of the worst offenders. Women form an overwhelming majority in the global garment industry and work in terrible conditions. According to the Clean Clothes Campaign, “80% of these workers are female.”
So when it comes to choosing what to put in our closets, we should keep the women making our clothing and the conditions they’re working in front of mind.
Here are 16 ethical brands that empower women and create beautiful fashion at the same time.