To celebrate International Women’s Day I met up with some female entrepreneurs who are changing the face of business in Greenpoint. Vintage fashion dominates Manhattan Ave., creating a community of fashion loving business women who truly support each other. Female owned ventures are gaining ground in Brooklyn with a 39 percent increase in the last five years, according to a study from the Center for an Urban Future. If you are interested in starting up a business, read below to see what these inspiring woman have to say and check out the links at the bottom to organizations that help women and minorities start their own businesses in New York. Good Luck! The future is female. (more…)
The kids are all right. Photo by Gaby Del Valle / Brokelyn
Thousands of women across the country (and around the world) are going on strike tomorrow. They’re not just taking the day off from work—women in more than 30 countries have pledged to not do any paid or unpaid labor on International Women’s Day, which happens to be this Wednesday. The strike, which is being billed as “A Day Without A Woman,” is a followup to the Women’s March on January 21st, and is intended to show just how much women contribute to the economy and the world, especially in the face of an administration that threatens our rights and bodies.
In New York City, women and allies are gathering in Washington Square Park for a rally and march. The rally kicks off at 4pm, and at 5:30, everyone will march to Zuccotti Park, with a few stops along the way, including the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory site, the Varick Street Immigration Detention Center, and more. (more…)
Rape whistles have long been mocked for their purported function. Not only are 82 percent of sexual assaults perpetrated by someone known to or trusted by the victim, but generally speaking, by the time an attacker comes into view of someone who has a rape whistle, the time for defensive action has probably passed. So as a cautionary tool, it’s kind of useless. On the other hand, you can make some pretty beautiful music with it.
That was precisely the goal for the girls of Jess Delfino’s Rape Whistle Choir of America, who convened on the steps of City Hall today to send a very direct message to the mayor’s office: rape blows! (more…)