In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re featuring twenty-seven ways to support, celebrate, and empower women in the Portland area. This includes some of our favorite local businesses led by women, some amazing nonprofits that support women and girls, and more.
Support a Portland in Color artist: Celeste Noche created this series to highlight Portland’s artists of color—check out the series and pay a local artist for their beautiful work.
Give yourself a mani with Claws Out polish: for anyone who likes to wear nail polish and would rather buy it from a company that shares your ideals and supports fantastic non-profits.
Sweat your face off at Burncycle: think of it like a dance party on a bike in the dark. For many Portlanders, Burncycle is like church with empowering sermons from authentic instructors.
Try Brazilian cheese bread from Brazi Bites: cheese plus bread, need we say more? Founder, Junea Rocha, also writes a monthly business column for Forbes.
Become a Girls Guide: Girls, Inc., our 2017 nonprofit partner, inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold through after-school programs and more.
Have a lady-date at Dame: grab your girlfriends and make a night of it at this adorable wine bar. Keep your eye out for their pop-up nights with visiting winemakers!
Get your eyes checked at Uptown EyeCare & Optical: we love Uptown EyeCare for their staff of competent female professionals, not to mention their collection of really cool eyewear.
Educate yourself on white feminism: Portland is the “whitest city in America.” If you’re white, get to Googling on the dangers of white feminism (another resource here—and pay these authors for their work).
Get some retail therapy at Wildfang: not only are their clothes just the coolest (um hi, powersuit of our dreams), CEO, Emma McIlroy is an advocate for LGBTQ and women’s rights and has built a truly inclusive feminist brand.
Support Mercy Corps’ LIFE program: working with Oregon’s only women’s prison, this program empowers participants to achieve economic stability after re-entry.
Sparkle up with Betsy & Iya: we especially love their Selma Bridge cuff, from which they donate 100% of profits to a social justice nonprofit, starting with the Black Youth Project 100.
Sip on somethin’ from Tea Bar: with several shops all over Portland, their beautiful, non-boring tea concoctions are such a treat. We suggest the Golden Milk latte or the Rose soft serve.
Make a donation to Levé: founded and led by young women, our mission is to inspire the next generation of givers by amplifying voices in our community through nonprofit partnerships.
Move + Meditate with Kait Hurley: we love Kait’s mission to help you tap into your intuition and inner strength so you can live a more vibrant and resilient life. Her app has tons of 10-60 minute at-home workouts and guided runs.
Treat yourself at SheBop: this woman-owned, female-friendly (not female-only) shop is a fun, safe, and sex-positive environment for people of all genders, sexual orientations, and social backgrounds.
Check out ChickTech: a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the number of women and girls pursuing STEM-based careers and retaining women in the technology workforce—SO important as Portland grows into a tech hub.
Take a class with Sea of Roses: owner, Heather, runs really fun and creative workshops and makes everyone feel at home and like they are capable of creating something beautiful.
Craft a cocktail with Freeland Spirits: featuring delicious gin and whiskey, Freeland Spirits is one of very few women owned and run distilleries in history. Visit the tasting room, snag a bottle, or signup for a workshop!
Spark curiosity with GirlsBuild: this nonprofit provides summer camps for girls 8-14 years old to learn the basics of building, including carpentry, plumbing, electricity, concrete, sheet metal and more.
Attend an event at The Nightwood Society: from sausage-making workshops to dinner parties to intimate concerts, The Nightwood Society has something for every taste.
Go nutty with Wild Friends: these flavored, natural nut butters are delicious and nutritious. Our fave is chocolate almond butter. Find them at Whole Foods, Market of Choice, and New Seasons.
Give to Rose Haven: a day shelter and community center serving women, children and gender non-conforming folks experiencing trauma, poverty, and physical and mental health challenges.
Shop ‘til you drop at Seven Sisters: the shop is born from “a desire to simplify shopping ethically”—this article perfectly captures the inspiration behind this perfectly-curated shop located at 811 E. Burnside St. in Portland.
Start your morning at Bushel & Peck Bakeshop: this coffee shop and bakery on MLK serves up some delightful pastries and coffee selections. Our fave is the buttermilk biscuit with butter and housemade jam.
Here’s to hoping you have a wonderful International Women’s Day full of celebrating the women in your life and supporting women in our community. Let us know your favorite women-led businesses, nonprofits that support women, or other ways to support women in Portland in the comments below.
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