International Women's Day

Meet New Jersey's Most Inspiring Female Founders and Entrepreneurs

Article for City Lifestyle NY by Lauren Wilson-Policke
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Get ready, fellow females, because we have some celebrating to do! March marks Women’s History Month, a month dedicated to commemorating, reflecting, celebrating and taking the time to learn more about the important women who have played a vital role in our nation’s history. The festivities kick off on International Women's Day, March 8, a day dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women worldwide. In addition to the women around the globe who are making a positive impact, there are so many women in my home state of New Jersey who are balancing careers and families all while raising awareness for rightful causes and empowering others in their communities. In celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, I'm rounding up some of the most inspiring Garden State-based female Founders, Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners to shine a light on the businesses they have built, the confidence they are instilling in others and all the ways they are contributing to their local communities.

   
       
Bergquist is the Founder of Salt + Umber, a Northern New Jersey-based sustainable footwear and accessories brand that not only offers thoughtfully designed collections each season but supports female entrepreneurship and local artists. On March 8th, International Women’s Day, 100% of the sales from the brand’s website will be donated to the “A Story Behind Every Pair” program. This program works directly with the brand’s factory in Mumbai India, to give back to the community of women who handcraft their shoes. The “A Story Behind Every Pair” program was created in an effort to give back to the brand’s supply chain, specifically the female artisans who hand weave Salt + Umber products. The brand is committed to providing these artisans with a sense of economic freedom, empowerment and belonging in the workforce by offering them a variety of products that are relevant to the regional needs and current events. In January 2021 the brand donated 2,200 meals to the artisans, and this Spring they will be providing the craftswomen with female health packs. Shoes that support a good cause? Sign me up.