"A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform." - Diane Mariechild
This International Women's Day I celebrate the divine feminine energy and salute all women around the world in particular the women I have met behind the scenes in the textile industry. Faces we don't get to see in the media. Stories we don't get to hear about. Voices we don't get to listen to. But to all the women from the fields to the manufacturing I thank them for their stories, their inspiration, their strength and their lives. Every woman is important and deserves to be loved, respected and heard. She is strength, she nurtures, she is beauty, she protects, she is a friend, she is gentle, she is a healer, she is a role model, she is tender, she listens, she is an anchor, she is graceful, she understands, she is a teacher, she is safety, she is compassionate, she is trustworthy, she is confident, she is humble, she is devoted, she is laughter, she is the sunrise and sunset, she is peace, she is unconditional, she is tears, she is a hard worker, she is selfless, she is wisdom, she is happiness, she is love itself.
This International Women's Day I ask you to watch the 'What She Makes' video from Oxfam and I implore all of you to sign the Oxfam Pledge to together tackle poverty in the fashion industry. I ask you to stand with me and the women who make the clothes that we wear and honour them as fellow human beings. We need to make more noise about this and demand that big brands, like Bonds, Cotton On, Kmart, H&M, Target, Rivers, Just Jeans, Best & Less to name just a few, pay a living wage and change their ways to reduce the devastating environmental and social impacts of the textile industry as we know it today.
Here's to all women who innately have that beautiful divine feminine strength inside. 'May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.'