The only thing better than going on a shopping spree is going on a shopping spree that also just so happens to do a lot of good for womenkind. That's why women-run businesses should become your go-tos for finding gifts, necessities, and treats for yourself. When you shop small, you help support independent business owners to help them continue what they love doing the most—supplying amazing, unique goods that oftentimes support different charities, ideologies, or individual artisans.
Shopping with a feminist frame of mind doesn't mean exclusively buying T-shirts with the phrase "girl power" emblazoned on them (although that can be a part of it). It's more so about buying ethically made and designed goods, and putting your money where your mind is. These 10 online shops are not only backed by an awesomely feminist attitude, but they also stock some of the coolest, most unique wares around.
With a mission to “encourage a culture of activism and inclusion,” this T-shirt company owned by women of color makes clothes that celebrate black authors, poets, and philosophers. The shop’s latest School of Thought collection is filled with sweatshirts for imaginary colleges named after black thought leaders, like Audre Lorde and Ida B. Wells. "The inspiration for this collection is the result of a very long conversation that has been happening about black representation in education," designer Donte Neal told Mashable. Along with the new collection, Philadelphia Printworks also offers queer-positive tees and a black feminist author tote.
School of Thought sweatshirt, $37.50, available at Philadelphia Printworks.