A Feminist Entrepreneur is a woman (or man!), who creates a sustainable business that advances female emancipation and gender equality. A 'feminist enterprise' should sell a product or service that addresses at least one Pillar of Female Empowerment.
Using business as a tool for female equality is contrary to many teachings of 'traditional' feminism which usually looks towards charity and government based policies based on 'victim politics' for solutions to the issues around gender equality. To the detriment of women in general, traditional feminists have often associated patriarchy with capitalism.
We argue that feminism can use capitalism as a tool for achieving female equality as well as to provide meaningful jobs. Our Feminist Enterprise Blog lists real world examples of Feminist Entrepreneur projects. Though we do list feminist non-profits, we tend to list those that are connected to market based approaches and solutions and create feminist jobs!
Criteria for a Feminist Entrepreneur Business:
- 1) Purpose. It should involve a product or service that works towards addressing women's rights, etc. The easiest way is to design and sell t-shirts that raise awareness about the causes you are passionate about! However, in this book we are trying to get you to create products and services that really make the change you want to see in the world.
- 2) Planet. Your product or service should incorporate efficiency and environmentalism in every aspect of its business operations. Conserving resources is not only green, it also saves money, which is also 'green'!
- 3) Profit. It should make an income that allows for a living wage for it's owners. If you are able to make a living from helping women then your business is much more sustainable than continually having to 'beg' for money if you are working at a non-profit that is try to create social change.
- 4) People. It should always strive for fair working arrangements for anyone who helps in business operations such as volunteers, paid workers, volunteers, and private contractors. The operating principle is fair trade. It does not have to involve money. Sometimes just making sure that people have enough time off is enough! At Hedonisia Hawaii, our eco-feminist community, located in the Hawaiian rainforest, we pay with time instead of money to participants in our Intern Community Manager Program.
Feminist Entrepreneur Services:
- FE Coaching Sessions
- FE Online eBook
- Feminist Entrepreneur Portfolio
- Intern at Hedonisia Hawaii Eco-Feminist Community!