For many of us, putting outfits together is a method of personal expression and empowerment. Whether you have a minimal, neutrals-driven closet or you prefer to make a statement with unconventional and eclectic ensembles, making decisions about what you wear each day fosters a sense of agency. It reminds us of the power we have in developing our own unique style, but more importantly the power we have as women to be seen, to be heard, and to move through life freely and equally.
The global movement for gender equality is hard to ignore (#MeToo, HeForShe, Women's March). We see the way gender discrimination touches politics, the workplace, education, and leadership opportunities. Perhaps less known are the ways the fashion industry also comprises the notorious characteristics of systematic sexism. We see it in the corporate offices, where research has found that only 14% of major womenswear brands are run by women, all the way to the factory floor where sexual harassment is so common that (in addition to individual mental and physical harm) it has cost the garment industry $89 million a year.
A recent article outlined the state of gender inequality among Cambodian garment factories, noting the vulnerability that primarily female factory workers in this sector have to violence and harassment. These conditions stem from patriarchal structures where men possess power over women and the ability to abuse that power. To change this reality Cambodian activists call for a mindset change as well as a “collaborative effort ... from all sectors of society including the government, workers, and employers to sustain a dialogue on the subject.”
At Wearthy, we care deeply about women’s empowerment and gender equality in all aspects of society. We join other ethical fashion advocates in upholding the belief that we cannot exploit women in one country to empower them in another.
As we researched fashion brands to sell in our store, we made sure that the working conditions of the companies reflected our vision of a gender-justice, dignity, and respect for all employees.
When you choose to shop with us you are not only buying pieces that will foster your personal style, you are also expressing to the world what you value: self-empowerment and empowerment for all women, everywhere.