“What I want young women and girls to know is: You are powerful and your voice matters." —Kamala Harris, the first female Vice President of the United States of America
International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, is a day to recognize and celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. With so many amazing accomplishments it’s also an exciting day to call for change and raise awareness for women’s rights. In honor of International Women’s Day, we wanted to recognize a handful of amazing brands that are founded, owned or established by women.
Ethique was founded by New Zealander Brianne West in 2016. The brand was born out of Brianne’s frustration with the amount of waste created by her bathroom essentials. She sought to create a solid product that wasn’t largely comprised of water and contained no plastic waste. At the time, solid beauty bars didn’t exist, so this innovative brand started a trend that would shake up the skincare market. Now, Ethique is recognized as the world's first zero waste, full range beauty brand. Their most popular products include solid shampoo bars like St Clements Solid Shampoo Bar, which is equal to 3 bottles of liquid shampoo. The bar removes oil without stripping or drying your hair with natural and eco-friendly ingredients.
Antipodes is a Scientific Green Beauty™ company from New Zealand, founded by Elizabeth Barbalich. This brand uses pollution-free, results-driven native New Zealand ingredients in its vegan skincare collection. “For 15 years, Antipodes has said no to toxins in our products: we’ve never compromised on our clean formulations and sustainability has been our baseline since day one,” says Elizabeth. Antipodes prides itself on innovative and new scientific discoveries powered by nature’s purest ingredients. Their Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser is a fan-favorite for achieving clean, clear and blemish free skin.
Amara was founded by Jessica Sturzenegger around the idea that traditional baby food could be so much better. She dreamed about bridging the gap between healthy food and the fast, nutrient-poor foods that are part of our hectic lifestyles. With Amara, you can always make homemade, nutrient-packed baby food possible - even when you don't have the time. All products are organic and plant-based made from 100% whole foods.
Pulleez founder Diana Wright created the brand out of necessity. As a fashion show producer she needed something that would quickly and gently pull models’ hair back while they were getting made up backstage. She rigged up some crude prototypes of a sliding ponytail holder and brought them to fashion week to use on the girls. The product was an instant hit with the models and designers and with that, Diana became an instant entrepreneur. Pulleez combines fashion and function with styles ranging from sporty to chic.
Beekeeper’s Naturals was founded by Carly Stein in 2016. She had chronic tonsillitis from the age of seven and was severely allergic to antibiotics. A pharmacist recommended she try propolis - a compound produced by bees and noted by researchers for its healing concentration of polyphenols. Propolis has been used for centuries across many different cultures for its healing properties. It’s also naturally antimicrobial and full of antioxidants. Carly is on a mission to reinvent the medicine cabinet in a natural and sustainable way. She believes in marrying science and nature to create the best possible remedies that work and are good for you.
Here's to all the women out there with big dreams.