4 Rad Items for the Conscious Social Justice Warrior in Your Life / by Katie Turner

As I prepare to head out to Washington D.C. for the Women's March on Washington on January 21st, I've been looking into accessories and t-shirts that I can wear proudly on my sleeve (pun intended) in the sea of wonderful social justice activists. While searching for things to adorn myself with for the march, I've come across sweet t-shirts, beautiful pins, raunchy patches, and pussy-hats. 

While they all share incredible messages, it's still important to me to know the item was produced ethically! The fashion and apparel industry is one of the most unethical industries in the world. The majority of sweatshop workers are female, and fashion is the second leading industry in waste and pollution. Ultimately, I plan on making my own shirt for the Women's March because of my poor planning/time restraints, but these are all things I would have purchased had I known I was going sooner! For women and the environment's sake, I'm going to list a few ethically produced social justice clothing items and accessories I've found here for all of you to either wear for the march, inspire you to make things of the sort, or just wear on a normal day- marches aside. 

1. Stop Body Shaming T-Shirt by GreenBoxShop

LOVE LOVE LOVE this t-shirt not only because of the message, but the seller it comes from. GreenBoxShop has a whole slew of GOTS and Fair Trade Certified clothing items for just about any social justice issue. Not to mention they come in super cool colors and dye patterns! 

From the seller's Etsy page: "I began on instagram with GoFundMe. I come from a working class family with my single mother as my only support. As an intersectional feminist I believe that women all around the globe deserve equal and fair pay. Which is why I made the decision to invest in 100% organic fair trade cotton shirts. With this shop I hope to provide support to fair trade organic companies and also facilitate my transition into adulthood and independence. Thank you :)"


Buying a t-shirt not only brings awareness to an important issue, but supports a young woman and her endeavors into the social justice and ethical apparel world. 

2. Female symbol brass pin BY KnuckleKiss

"The Female Symbol Pin is an ode to feminists, riot grrrls, and anyone who supports the empowerment, safety, and rights of ALL women. Each piece is hand-cut from brass sheet and backed with a brass pin back and clutch. Choose from white moonstone, gray moonstone, red garnet, turquoise, or no stone. This order is for a single pin. 

20% off each purchase will be donated to Planned Parenthood. Thank you for supporting this essential service! " 

These pins are handmade in Seattle, Washington. They also come in an earring version. 

3. Future is female t-shirt by Otherwild

You've definitely seen this before. 

"The original “The Future Is Female” T-shirt design was made for Labyris Books, the first women’s bookstore in New York City, which was opened in 1972 by Jane Lurie and Marizel Rios. The photographer Liza Cowan took a picture of musician Alix Dobkin, her girlfriend at the time, wearing it in 1975. The photograph was done for a slide show she was working on called: "What the Well Dressed Dyke Will Wear." 

This slogan has lasted through the decades and is reemerging as an empowering statement for all, as female-identified bodies and rights remain under attack. Inflexible and compulsory sexual and gender binaries are used to oppress and deny people their humanity and agency. Otherwild believes in an inclusive, expanded and fluid notion of gender expression, identities and feminisms. We support liberation, embrace our trans sisters, and call for the end of patriarchal ideology, domination, oppression and violence. We believe that “The Future is Female” is the past, the present and the future, and is language that resonates.

25% of shirt sale proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood."




4. Dynasty T-Shirt BY This is Dynasty

Embrace your inner Nasty Woman and wear this t-shirt by This is dyNASTY.  

"dyNASTY is the time we live in. The figurehead may not be the one we wanted, but the energy and purpose of allllll of the Nasty Women, and our supporters, is alive and well. Take a stand. Show your support. 

Between now and January 20th, 2017 we will be donating 100% of proceeds from the dyNasty collection to the Women's March On Washington"

dyNASTY also has other clothing items for purchase where varied percentages of the proceeds goes towards a few other causes. 

All photos belong to their respective owners. This post was not sponsored in any way. 

Post photo taken from dyNASTY instagram page.