There are various themes and interpretations, but at its core Feminist Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of gender equality through entrepreneurial ventures that are founded on ethical and intersectional feminist principles. So what makes Bloom + Brilliance a feminist entrepreneurial business?
Today is Bloom + Brilliance’s 7th Anniversary and we’re celebrating in a BIG way.
We’ve opened SEVEN spots for new and current clients at a massive 30% discount!
It’s been a pretty big year here at Bloom + Brilliance: I built more brands, launched more websites, and directed more photoshoots than ever
Bloom + Brilliance is an intersectional feminist business. We actively support organizations, movements, activities, and businesses that are working towards making the world an equitable and safe place for all people—inclusive of all genders, races, ethnicities, cultures, sexualities, abilities, income levels, work occupations, religions, and spiritual beliefs, etc. Read more for our commitment towards social change.
As feminist entrepreneurs, we are positioned to empower ourselves, our fellow business owners, and citizens at large to not only survive this crisis, but use it to change the world. Feminist entrepreneurs have already learned to make room for women and other marginalized people in our industries, establish fair labour value for ourselves and our employees, contribute to our communities, and be politically active—while raising our children, caring for our parents, and investing in ourselves. In the midst of a global pandemic, how do we use our experience to help save ourselves and the world?
As a child, I was largely unaware of Métis history, and my own Métis heritage. It was just never talked about. I didn’t know that I was missing a whole part of myself till I was a teen. It was hard to know how to feel about it. An entire culture and history apparently existed in my blood—but it was as foreign to me as outer space. I’ve been scared to delve deeper into my history. Scared of finding too much, unearthing stories of pain and suffering. Or of not finding anything at all, and losing my already tenuous grasp on my identity as a Métis woman. But experiencing Kent Monkman’s exhibit “Shame & Prejudice: 150 Years of Resilience” was a gift of not only courage and inspiration, but the permission to reclaim my own story.
It's the year 2020 and women are still left holding the bag when it comes to childcare, household management and elder care. Sure, we've come a long way, baby. We've left Leave it to Beaver and meatloaf behind. Tossed out our shoulder pads and pantsuits. You can see men cooking in commercials. Paternity leave is actually a thing. But overall society is still failing us.
If you're new to feminist entrepreneurship (or Entrepreneurial Feminism, as coined by Canadian professor, author and Founding Chair of the Canadian Taskforce for Women's Business Growth Barbara Osser), get ready to have your mind and heart blown wide open. Here are a few resources to get you more acquainted.
I started Bloom + Brilliance with one purpose: to remind women that their dreams are vital and that they are powerful. Their aspirations deserve just as much nurturing and attention as the other commitments in their lives. Why women entrepreneurs? Because our dreams are non-negotiable.