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Feminism and sustainable fashion
Fast fashion is inherently anti-feminist, a constant violator of human rights, and terrible for the planet. Since the 1990s and the dawn of globalisation, most of our garments have been grown, sewn, and crafted outside of our home countries where a majority of the garment workforce are women—usually women of colour—who are too often exploited and underpaid.
Along with severe underpayment, many of these women also face harassment, insults, and pressure to continue working in less than adequate conditions—all for the sake of a $10 SHEIN top that is unlikely to last longer than a season.
If you’ve seen The True Cost, or any other film documenting fast fashion’s horrors, you know that it doesn’t stop there, and that fast fashion also disempowers women by promoting unrealistic beauty standards, lining the pockets of majority-male C-Suites, encouraging excessive spending, and causing other environmental injustices.
In this story there is definitely no “knight in shining armour,” but there is an empowered community of entrepreneurial women committed to changing the fashion industry in their own unique and innovative ways, and we’re excited to share them with you here.
Before diving in, if you’re interested in understanding more about the intersectionality between environmentalism and feminism, then the resources below will help you get started:
- How Fast Fashion Factories Trap Women and Girls in Poverty (And How We Can Help)
- Why Fast Fashion Is a Feminist Issue
- Intersectional Ecofeminist Communication: A New Paradigm for Environmental Communication
- Intersectional Environmentalist
Now, without further ado, we’re pleased to introduce to you 33 of our favourite female sustainability superheroes.