Michelle Obama rocked a vote necklace during the Democratic convention and has frequently employed fashion purposefully (more about her When We All Vote tee below). The former First Lady knows that jewelry, bags, tee shirts and the like can be both a powerful way to advocate publicly for purpose while supporting a non-profit organization’s efforts (either directly or indirectly when brands give back).
And, of course, purchasing women-owned ‘vote’ products accomplishes it all! We need to vote like our lives depend on it. So it’s never been a better time to shout it loud and clear — and not only ‘to’ vote but ‘why’. So we are going to continue to update our list of products over the next couple of months to show you ways to advocate on your back! And continue to tell the stories of the women working advocacy into commerce and commerce into advocacy.
Let’s not also forget that 100 years ago this month the 19th Amendment was ratified. And we’ve never been so grateful for those whose shoulders we stand upon. So let’s show it in our words, the unspoken and our actions. Below are some of our favorite products. Let us know when you find something that you’d like us to include.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.19th Amendment of the US Constitution
Save the Post Office
As we all know from the news these days, more than ever we need to do our part to support the USPS. The fact that the demise of this institution is even something we need to worry about should shock the nation. So, on August 22 go and stock up on this stamp honoring the 19th amendment. Inspired by historic photographs at the time, the stamp is adorned in the purple white and gold of the National Women’s Party (NWP). The stamp was designed by USPS art director Ethel Kessler using art by Nancy Stahl
Larissa Loden Vote Necklace
We happened upon this awesome necklace and need to learn more! Read our profile of Larissa here. The necklace is made of beautiful solid brass with letters strung on a 16-inch gold chain that includes a 2-inch extender. Also available this month is a silver option as part of a bigger vote collection.
Sona Studios Vote Earrings
As we mention often, Etsy is a great destination for both women-owned products, as well as, ‘vote’ related jewelry. So no surprise to find these cute vote earrings. The Sona Studio earrings are handmade using hypoallergenic plastic and stainless steel (nickel free) hardware.
Vote Totes: Vote Products That Shout it Out
CV x When We All Vote Canvas Tote
In partnership with When We All Vote this awesome tote is also one that gives back. In fact, 10% of the purchase price is donated to the organization. And you can also make an additional donation to the Los Angeles Urban League at checkout. Clare V. has it right! And this is one of the cutest takes on the vote-tote.
FourthWave Apparel Votes for Women Tote
Not only is this a cute, message slaying tote, FourthWave is an Etsy shop full of strong, eye-catching feminist apparel. The Idaho-based women-owned shop is also in the top 1% on all Etsy shops, so they are doing something right in spreading their empowerment message. Read all about Fourth Wave !
Wear Your Women-Owned Vote Products with Pride
Kule Vote Shirt
New Yorker Nikki Kule has been involved with the fashion world for her entire life. Her KULE label, launched in 2011, focuses crisp shirts and polished basics. And we are glad she decided to add a message to the mix. The simple message reflects Kule’s penchant for stripes.
Lingua Franca Vote Sweater
Where there is a strong women-focused message, there is Lingua Franca. The sustainably-sourced, fair trade luxury cashmere sweaters are all hand-stitched by women in NYC. And even better 10% of the proceeds from this collection will be donated to Higher Heights Leadership Fund.
Advocacy and commerce intersect frequently in the realm of women-owned. Women lead with empathy which often means building a giving strategy into their business. Conversely, there are also women-owned non-profits who cleverly integrate a product and commerce strategy into their effort to build a movement. And the message to vote is no exception. It’s a great time to support those out there shouting VOTE!
Vote Like a Mother: Everyday Advocacy
We love how Vote Like a Mother (VLAM) is using parenthood as a lens for politics. Imagine if we all took the compassionate, loving view of a mother when considering how to lead? Or even better — simply all recognize that we were all born of mothers. And that there is more that unites than divides us. The products at Vote Like a Mother let you proclaim your intention loud and clear! And give back as 100% of profits go to nonprofits like MomsRising.org and Moms Demand Action. There is also a tool to get involved. So shop and then sign up to put your tee shirt to good use!
Remember What You are Voting For…
Finally, once you stock up on your vote-related products, it’s time to take a stand. We vote because we have the power and it matters. We also vote for issues. And women have historically helped turn the tides of progress and change by standing up for what they believe. So here are a few items to grab, as well, to take it to the next level.
Moms Demand Action
Taking on the gun lobby and working to make our children and families safe has been the life work of Shannon Watts and her army of women and men facing the formidable task. As part of the tribe building having an identifiable logo and tee that we see supporters wearing has been key. We also like this sweatshirt which represents how we all feel right now. Keep going.
She Should Run
To vote is one key way to participate in the democratic process. And of course another is to run for office. To truly effect change we need our local and federal government to look more like the nation. And women need representation that reflects there role as half the population. We are big fans of She Should Run and the mission of participation.