Recognizing International Women’s Day

International Women's Day 2018 - Quote - G.D. Anderson {The Little Market}

Handwriting by Marisa Mangum

Today is International Women’s Day. Since the 1900s, International Women’s Day has represented an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements and to raise awareness for progress that has yet to come for gender parity. At The Little Market, we are proud to work with thousands of hardworking female artisans around the world and to stand up for women’s rights and gender parity — culturally, economically, politically, and socially.

In just this past century alone, women have gained the right to vote in the United States, traveled to space for the first time, made historical discoveries and educational advancements, achieved political breakthroughs in government, and made record-breaking achievements in sports. But women are still one of the most underserved populations around the world. For instance, they are underrepresented in government, face a gender pay gap, are at a higher risk of experiencing violence, and are not always granted equal access to education globally.

This year’s International Women’s Day campaign theme is #PressforProgress. It is a call-to-action for gender inclusivity and parity. We are proud to stand up for women’s rights and join together with communities around the world to recognize International Women’s Day.

Over the last year, there have been several breakthrough moments for women’s rights. Originally created in 2006 by Tarana Burke, the #MeToo movement went viral once again last October. The anti-sexual harassment movement has encouraged millions to use their voices and speak up against sexual violence and harassment. Fast forward to January of this year, and more than 300 women in Hollywood launched the Time’s Up campaign to help women fight sexual harassment in multiple industries. And more recently, advocates have organized women’s marches around the world to create social change. From international movements to grassroots events to social media campaigns and beyond, people around the world are joining together to show women that they are not alone and to advocate for gender parity.

The Little Market is a nonprofit founded by women to empower women. We prioritize working with artisan groups that empower and employ women in marginalized communities. We have seen that investing in women has the power to transform communities. Supporting female artisans leads to positive intragenerational outcomes, and their autonomy advances opportunities for their families. For instance, we hear inspiring stories from artisan groups that explain their children are often the first to graduate from high school. Their families can also purchase healthier food and cleaner drinking water. The women we work with are striving to create a brighter future for themselves and their families and to reach self-sufficiency. As a key part of our mission, we share their beautiful handmade goods and skills with a larger audience. Every purchase creates a positive, long-lasting impact.

We are motivated by the female artisans we work with and recognize the need to use our voices and actions, including fair trade, ethical purchases, to stand up for women’s rights and universal values. Let’s press for progress for gender parity together and empower women together.

Sources

International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day – Press for Progress
Chicago Tribune – #MeToo: A timeline of events
#MeToo Movement Official Website
The Guardian – Time’s Up: Hollywood women launch campaign to fight sexual harassment

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