Feminist Speakeasy is an intersectional gift shop, pop-up shop, and resisterhood that was founded on International Women's Day (March 8, 2018) to channel outrage at sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, transphobia, ableism and Trump’s America into something positive. Those born into oppression are rebels by birthright — We must continue to resist and persist to turn the tide! So pick up a shirt, talk to your friends about ways you can impact change and know that you’re doing an invaluable service to not only your local community, but you're also making global impact on bridging the wage gap for women in design and manufacturing. Together, we are all creating a movement towards a more inclusive world.
5 ways you can impact change in your community right now:
- Expand the media you listen to and talk about: Artificial intelligence is awesome — but the more data the internet collects from you, the more it starts to tailor your experience to things you’ve already seen. How often have you been looking at a pair of shoes online only to see it pop up on your Facebook feed?The way news reaches us is no different. The internet finds out what we like, sends us more, and puts us in a cycle of seeing the only one world view. You can prevent this isolation by shaking up your routine. If you normally watch Fox news, watch VICE or listen to NPR every other day.
- Become an educated voter: You can take all the guess work out of voting at ballotready.org Here you can dive into the background of every candidate and referendum on your local ballot. You can compare candidates based on their stances on issues, biography, and endorsements and save your choices as you go. Download the app on your phone or take a screen shot of your choices on your computer so you can breeze through the ballot box at the polls.
- Start talking about politics constructively: And if you aren’t talking about politics, start talking about politics. It affects your every move. Many of us avoid talking about politics because it makes us uncomfortable when we disagree with people. And when it comes to politics, we know we will — because everyone has a right to think about the kind of world they want to live in. Not having these conversations just adds fuel to the fire. When people are left out of the conversation because privileged people opt out of engaging, this leads to already isolated and vulnerable communities facing vicious opposition.
- Volunteer in Your Community: You don't have to start a new organization to make a positive impact on your community. Instead, you can volunteer with an organization working for social change. By volunteering your time, you can help these organizations and allow them to continue providing the services the community relies on.
- Start a mission-first business: A mission-first business is a way business owners can make a social change impact. It can operate for-profit, but still be oriented around a socially impactful change. The more a mission-first business grows, the larger social impact it can make and customers will often seek out mission-first businesses based on the the impact they create.
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Founder, Dāsha Guyton is a part-time writer, full-time feminist, and self-love advocate based in Hyde Park, Chicago. She uses her point of view as a multi-racial lesbian and intersectional feminist to create and curate conversation-starting pins, shirts, and jewelry from creative women around the world who design, illustrate, and manufacturer products. Which means every purchase you make, gets us one step closer to bridging the wage gap globally. You can get to know the founder better in this interview and visit Chicago Woman Magazine and Qwear to see some of Dāsha's work.