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The past year has been particularly difficult for working women and business owners, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. An estimated 3 million women have been pushed out of the workforce as a result of the public health crisis and an unequal division of labor within the home. And even though women are more likely to own businesses in industries that have been hit hard by the pandemic, like restaurants and retail shops, than their male counterparts, a House committee report found the Paycheck Protection Program left behind many minority- and women-owned businesses.
While there will be no shortage of ink spilt detailing the value women have had in shaping this nation during Women's History Month, commemorating International Women's Day and honoring the contributions women have made over the years cannot simply begin and end with a celebratory Instagram post. If you really want to honor women this month, you can help support them financially by patronizing any one, or all, of the following woman-owned businesses.
From dairy-free ice cream to stunning jewelry collections, to private online communities and healthy meal subscription services, the following women have embraced the entrepreneurial spirit in a way that not only helped them realize their career goals, but also helps improve the communities around them. And as the country begins to rebuild from a pandemic that has killed over 500,000 Americans and left millions more unemployed, it would behoove us all to support the women who hold up our economy. After all, nearly 42% of businesses were owned by women in 2019, according to American Express’ State of Women-Owned Business report.
Check out the following woman-owned businesses and show your appreciation for all women do, day in and day out.
Jacorey Moon is Gear Patrol’s associate style editor, formerly at
PEOPLE and Footwear News. He’s most likely gawking over someone’s outfit on
Instagram or trying to find his way to the nearest record store.
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