You’ve probably heard that it’s #NationalDogDay. And, trust, me I love dogs. But did you know it’s also Women’s Equality Day?
That’s because on August 26th, 1920 American women earned the right to vote.
If I wasn’t mentally exhausted from (my first business school!) mid-terms, I’d have a lot more to say about the value of Women’s Equality Day. But, I’ll just let this infographic do the talking. And take a look at the president’s proclamation about this important day if you’re itching for more.
photo credit // time
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My Little Sister is “Accepting Feminism”
Why I Started Uncovered Artistry
I’ve got some excellent news! Uncovered Artistry— the nonprofit I founded with my sister five years ago that sells the work of domestic abuse survivors– has NEW ARRIVALS! They’re a while in the making, but I am so proud of the new styles we have up. Our products– all handmade items– are made by domestic abuse survivors… with the exception of these newest additions.
The new arrivals were actually made by volunteers at various events the Uncovered Artistry Project has hosted throughout the years. Participants made the designs using new and recycled jewelry pieces and graciously donated them to the online boutique. And now, I am very happy to say that many of them are up for sale online.
And keep your eye out…there’s more on the way, too!
So what is the Uncovered Artistry Project and boutique?
It started with a simple equation.
Art + Entrepreneurship = Empowerment. Add a couple business-savvy ladies and a serendipitous grant from Projects for Peace, and you’ve got yourself Uncovered Artistry Boutique. We’re a little shop built on the belief that business fosters empowerment in all its flavors (financial, personal, emotional, et al.). Our little piece of this cyber world sells the creative work of domestic and sexual abuse survivors, individuals who, more than most, benefit from the uplifting effects of art and business. Our roots are planted deep in Midwest soil, yet our reach extends to all those with an Internet connection and a penchant for joyful shopping. Shop the boutique today.
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Pearls, Crystals, Gems: Handmade by Abuse Survivors
Why I Started Uncovered Artistry
The Renaissance Women: Project Sisterhood
April 14th is Equal Pay Day. I’m a few days late to the game, but this issue is too important to pass up.
A not-so-fun fact: April 14th was chosen as Equal Pay Day because it represents how far into 2015 that women must work to to earn as much as men did in 2014. That’s 104 days, folks.
In case you missed it, here it is again: women have to work 469 days to earn the same amount of income men make in 365 days.
In other words, women only make 78 cents to every dollar men make. And women of color make even less.
And one more time to really drive it home: Over her career lifetime, a woman will make on average nearly a half a million dollars less than her male counterparts. A half a million dollars less.
Learn more about the gender wage gap here.
Now that you know, spread the word!
Cheers (for #EqualPayNow)!
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Sure, I took a hiatus from this blog for a couple months. But trust me it was worth it.
Here’s (some of) what I’ve been up to:
Launching a vintage clothing shop, called The Gibbson Girl.
Overhauling my personal website
(new art included).
Updating my nonprofit, The Uncovered Artistry Project for the Valentine’s Day season.
I think some relaxing with my favorite cat is order.
I spent one afternoon a couple weekends ago snapping shots of beautiful handmade jewelry for the nonprofit The Uncovered Artistry Project (i.e. the nonprofit I founded five years ago with my sister!). The nonprofit, which boasts an online boutique, sells the artisan work of domestic and sexual abuse survivors. Because we believe art and entrepreneurship are pretty darn empowering.
Below are some of my favorite shots of some of the stunning jewelry we are currently selling in the boutique.
Swarovski pearl earrings…our bestseller
Swarovski pearl drop necklace…this one always reminds me of Jane from Pride and Prejudice.
domestic violence awareness bracelet…my personal favorite- it’s such a pretty touch to every outfit!
true blue rhinestone earrings…are you feeling like royalty today?
Don’t forget to shop the boutique and support the nonprofit at uncoveredartistry.com.
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
Two years ago (has it been that long!?), I wrote a piece explaining part of my motivation for starting the Uncovered Artistry Project. The reasoning still rings true today. And there are so many words I would add (stay tuned!)! Take a moment to read the below and get a stronger understanding of why my sister and I are doing what we’re doing with our organization. And please, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Why I Started Uncovered Artistry
Originally published on May 10, 2012
Several weeks ago, I saw Gloria Steinem speak. “It took 100 years for women to achieve legal equality in America,” she said, “And it will take 100 more for us to achieve social equality.” At first her statement was nothing less than despairing. I want to be a successful businesswoman, and to hear that I still face obstacles in my success is not easy to accept. But she is right. Women are not treated equally, and the worst thing we can do is say that women’s fight for liberation and equality is no longer necessary. Women my age often chose to ignore this fight. They prefer to assume that the women’s movement is a movement of their mothers from years passed. They like to think that feminism is for radicals. They like to pretend that they don’t see the signs of women’s inequality.
I started The Uncovered Artistry Project because I believe that domestic and sexual abuse has no place in our society. Abuse does not have to exist. It is a societal disease that can be cured with education, awareness, understanding, and a constantly renewing perception of humankind.
Until there is no more rape or domestic violence or other abuse against anyone (women, men, and children alike), our world is not equal. Abuse against women is enough for me to stand proudly for today’s women’s movement. My contribution to The Uncovered Artistry Project is my contribution to the struggle for equality for everyone. What is your contribution?