#PressforProgress in the Fashion Industry This International Women’s Day

With International Women’s Day upon us, we look to storytelling to better educate ourselves on women in the fashion industry. The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings shows us that gender parity is over 200 years away so there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fueled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more – there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

International Women’s Day writes on their site: “While we know that gender parity won’t happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there’s indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support. So we can’t be complacent. Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.”

We’ve gathered a few stories for you to read to be more in the know on how to #PressforProgress and change in the fashion industry.

THE TRUMP EFFECT: Women, Weapons & Weather

Join Women’s March team member Nantasha Williams, Common Cause New York’s Assistant Director Trevon Mayers, Patagonia’s NYC District Environmental Coordinator Brenna Cohen, and Brooklyn Fashion +Design Accelerator Executive Director Deb Johnson for a discussion on the current political climate and how the U.S. government has responded to the rights of women, pressing environmental and human rights issues as well as ethical violations since the 2017 presidential inauguration.

Can Connecting the Dots of Women in Fashion Empower Women?

If we could connect the collective dots of feminism sprinkled throughout the the fashion industry, what would that look like?

9 Ways Women Are Getting Abused in the Fashion Industry

The fashion industry is full of human rights abuses, and women, as they make up a large part of the workforce of this industry, are the brunt of most of it. But while these problems may seem a world away, this isn’t so far from our own past…

This International Women’s Day, Tell Your Daughter, Mother, Sister She Can Do Anything

I love men. Big fan of them. I have an extraordinary father, a husband I adore, and two sweet little boys. I created a company dedicated to investing in women and girls not because I have anything against men, but because I want my little company to have the biggest and best possible impact on the lives of people in the developing world, and creating choices for women and girls is the way to do that – they will do the rest…

5 Labor Rights Initiatives on International Workers’ Day

Over 130 years have passed since the first International Workers’ Day and May 1st still serves as a yearly celebration of laborers and the working classes. Check out these human rights groups still working to protect the working man and woman from capitalists and abuse…

Gender Stereotyping ‘Textiles’ & ‘Materials’

It’s Nice That just published a pretty fascinating article on using the terms “textiles” or “materials” and the opportunities to cross genders when we’re not focused on a woman sitting “behind a sewing machine making curtains or clothing.”

Threadbare: A New Book About Fashion, Sex and Trafficking

“If the United States isn’t the birthplace of fast fashion, it is certainly its spiritual home and primary beneficiary.” So begins Chapter 1 of Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking, Anne Elizabeth Moore’s book documenting the complex connections of the international apparel trade. But as many of us know, the effects of fast fashion go far beyond American consumers. Our consumption habits have far reaching consequences, and Moore aims to uncover them…

Cambodia’s First Protest Band Takes Aim at the Fashion Industry

Last month, we had the chance to sit down with The Messenger Band in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as they prepared for their ten year anniversary. The group of six is Cambodia’s first protest band. Made up of former garment workers, their collection of over 40 songs range in topic from land ownership issues affecting residents in rural provinces to policies directly aimed at garment workers. Their music is foremost a tool for advocacy…