17 Ethical Brands That Empower Women

Shop these sustainable clothing and accessories that give back and support women in the best ways!

By Mallory Carra Mar 08, 2020 4:00 PMTags
E-Comm: Ethical Brands That Empower Women

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If you're looking for a new way to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, why not support some ethical brands that empower women in a lot of great ways?

There are many brands out there that are giving back and emphasizing sustainability, but you can take it a step further with these cute shoes that celebrate a Palestinian embroidery tradition, handcrafted earrings that help fight gender inequality, and a messenger tote made from recycled cement bags, which helps support anti-human trafficking organizations.

We've rounded up all the companies that are doing the most amazing things for women. Shop below and support these great causes!

Show Your Support for 22 These Female-Led Brands on International Women's Day

Ugg Fluff Yeah Slide

For four consecutive years, UGG has partnered with HERproject, a collaborative initiative that empowers women in the workplace and supply chain. The #POWEREDBYHER campaign features Michelin star chef Dominique Crenn and renowned artist Claire Tabouret wearing the Fluff Yeah Slide and LA Cloud Low in the campaign. Both are styles that are made in factories that partner with HERproject. This year, UGG donated $60,000 to HERProject to show their commitment to positively impacting the communities.

Bluebella Indy Cami & Short

You can order something as comfy as this luxurious cami and short set and you can be confident knowing it's helping a good cause. From March 8 until March 31, $1 from every Bluebella online order will go toward funding the vital services provided RAINN, the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the U.S.


Hiptipico Leather Embroidered Laptop Case

This Panajachel, Guatemala-based brand showcases Maya artisans' handmade creations. Hiptipico is fully transparent about how the products are produced and they do not interfere with the design or production process. So you can feel good using this handmade leather laptop case with a colorful embroidered design from the Maya village of Chichicastenango, Guatemala. It fits a 13-inch computer.

Dazey LA's I Am Enough T-shirt

This Los Angeles-based T-shirt company sells handmade-to-order 100% organic cotton tees with empowering phrases. Dazey LA's collections are all focused on crucial topics for women, such as self-care, inclusivity, women's rights, and navigating the digital world. This tee is here to remind you that you are always enough—no matter what.

Darzah The Tatreez Flat in Red

The non-profit, ethical fashion brand specializes in Palestinian tatreez embroidery, a centuries-old art form that is traditionally passed down from mother to daughter. Each piece, including these red embroidered flats, are handcrafted in the West Bank. Darzah's mission is to create economic opportunities for refugee and low-income women artisans, as well as to celebrate tatreez embroidery and Palestinian cultural heritage. 

Mata Traders Brass and Turquoise Fair Trade Earrings

These earrings and many of Mata Traders' products were crafted by artisans in India and Nepal. The company aims to help provide a stable source of income for families in India and Nepal, as well as help the women fight gender inequality.

Girlfriend Collective Compressive High-Rise Legging

These best-selling leggings were made from 25 recycled water bottles—no joke. The Girlfriend Collective makes leggings, bras, tees, and tanks using recycled materials, such as fishing nets and water bottles. The brand uses an SA8000 certified factory in Hanoi, Vietnam, that guarantees fair wages, safe and healthy conditions, and zero forced or child labor. 

Malia Designs Recycled Cement Messenger Bag

Malia Designs' products, like this messenger tote made from recycled cement bags, are created by fair trade producers that employ at-risk women and disabled workers in Cambodia. The brand gives back by regularly donating to organizations that work to fight human trafficking in Cambodia and the United States.

International Women's Day Incredible Woman T-shirt from Ninety Percent

Net-a-Porter teamed up with select brands, including Ninety Percent, to create exclusive T-shirts for International Women's Day to support Women for Women International. One-hundred percent of the profits from the sales will go to the organization.

Mother Erth Artisan's Multicolor Shoulder Bag

Every Mother Erth shoulder bag uses a different roll of upcycled plastic that is handwoven to create its own truly unique color pattern and design. Each item created keeps up to one pound of unrecyclable materials from being wasted and each purchase provides an artisan mother fair wage in their local communities in the Philippines.

Able Merly Jacket

This fully transparent brand produces clothing and accessories in-house in Nashville and with manufacturing partners in Ethiopia, Mexico, Brazil, and India. Women comprise 95% of the staff at Able, which aims to invest in, train, and educate its female employees and provide them with fair compensation. You can see it for yourself, too—Able publicly publishes its wages on the company's website.

Thistle Farms Lavender Soy Candle

Thistle Farms is a residential program in Nashville, Tennessee, that provides female survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction with housing, food, healthcare, and employment in the company's social enterprises. Every sale benefits the women survivors who make the products, like this hand-poured soy candle.

My Life Story - So Far

Embrace your story with a guided journal about a fascinating subject: you! Plus, you'll be buying it from Uncommon Goods, a company that runs the Better to Give program, which donates $1 to a cause of your choice with every purchase. Partner causes in the program include the International Rescue Committee, RAINN, and 826 National.

Athleta Daily Crop Stand Up T-shirt

The Gap Inc. company empowers women through its P.A.C.E. program, which offers its female factory workers advanced education, skill development, fair wages, and opportunities for leadership. Since 2007, over 500,000 women have participated in the program, which has implemented in 17 countries. Clearly, Athleta is standing with the empowering phrase on this tee.

Skylar Sample Palette

Can't decide on a scent? Why not try them all with Skylar's sample palette, which gives you a $20 credit toward whichever hypoallergenic and cruelty-free scent you select as your favorite. Your search for the perfect fragrance will also give to a good cause. Skylar devotes a portion of its proceeds and time to Step Up, a non-profit that provides mentorship for underprivileged high school girls.

Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream

The sales of Tatcha's products, like this hydrating skin cream, help to fund girls' education around the world through their Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures initiative. They've funded 3 million days of school for girls in Asia and Africa, in partnership with Room to Read as of mid-2019.

The 100% Human Woman Box-Cut T-shirt

This beloved ethical fashion brand's 100% Human Collection to supports protecting human rights and, for each product (like this T-shirt) that is sold, the company donates $5 towards the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the premier organization that defends our Constitutional rights.

Looking for more female-forward finds? Check out how these brands are giving back in honor of International Women's Day.

—Originally published Mar 5, 2020, at 4:30 a.m. PT