International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8th every year. Originally a holiday in Soviet Russia, it is now celebrated on a global scale. On this day we reflect on progress, we call to action, we celebrate the strength and endurance of the women who paved the way for us.
In my welcome note I sent my email subscribers, I quote “Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back.” Although the direction for this blog may seem new to people, over the past few years I’ve had so many women encourage me to take this route. Without that extra shove, I wouldn’t have created this platform to help others and for that I am grateful!
This is why I wanted to thank my subscribers! I’m gifting one of my current subscribers with a gift basket of goodies 100% made by women.
Did you know the Fortune 500 list only consists of 24 women? This is why we have to support our female counterparts. We are better when we stand together. Another woman’s success does not take away from your own- there is plenty of room for all of us.
Here is a list of products in the giveaway basket (including the links if you want to purchase them yourself). I also listed what makes the CEO/founder a bad ass!
The Blender Defender [link]
By Rea Ann Silva founder/creator
The BeautyBlender “egg” is a makeup STAPLE these days. Today, 17 sponges are sold every minute and over 325,000 YouTube videos have been created around the makeup tool. That makes this CEO a bad ass.
The LipBar lipgloss [link]
By Melissa Butler founder/creator
This line of vegan, organic, and cruelty-free lip products was actually started in her own kitchen (products were hand-made). She then took her idea to “Shark Tank” but was unfortunately laughed outta the room. Not taking that as a “no” though, she didn’t stop working on her craft and successfully made it to the shelves of Target- which proves you can’t stop a (bad ass) determined woman!
Honest Beauty Magic Balm [link]
By Jessica Alba founder
The idea was sparked from her efforts towards safer products for children. Little did she know her start-up would land her on Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women list with a whopping $1.7 billion valuation. Talk about bad ass!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Pencil Base [link]
By Anastasia Soare CEO/Founder
Soare moved to America in the early 90’s as an aesthetician. She ran into issues with her first employer when she tried to convince them that eyebrows were the most important part of the face. Unable to see eye to eye (see what I did there lmao), she left and started a business of her own- renting a small room in a salon. Now, she one of the biggest names in the beauty industry- working with the Kardashians and even Oprah, and currently holds the highest media value on Instagram. Bad. ass.
Kate Spade Tumbler [link]
By Kate Spade founder
In 1992, Spade wanted to make her own handbags and turn a business out of it. She sacrificed a lot- even pulled funds from her 401k to pursue her dream. After 3 years of hard work, she was recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. This led to her handbags being sold in Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, which catapulted her brand into a household name. She was one hell of a woman, may her sweet soul rest in peace.
Just a side note: if you’re personally struggling these days, you are not alone. No matter how bad things are right now, no matter how stuck you feel, no matter how hopeless, you are not alone. I promise you won’t feel this way forever. Keep going.
That wraps up my list for bad ass women and their products to celebrate International Women’s Day!
For a list of additional companies owned by women, read this article [here]. I’m definitely gonna do more giveaways in the future- stay tuned!