19 International Women’s Day Collections That Celebrate Female Empowerment — Here's What to Buy
It’s been nearly a decade since we’ve first celebrated International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8. It’s the day we honor the movers and shakers, both past and present, who have paved — and are continuing to pave — the way for women around the world. To celebrate, many brands have dropped empowering styles that pay homage to women’s equality.
And many are paying it forward by donating a portion of their profits to women’s charities, organizations, and nonprofits. Keep clicking to see the cute tees, hoodies, totes, and more you can scoop up to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Reese Witherspoon teamed up with Elizabeth Arden for the second year in a row to empower women through beauty with a charitable lipstick. The shade Pink Punch from the beauty brand’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick has been repackaged with Witherspoon’s signature. All the proceeds from this limited-edition lipstick will be donated to UN Women, a global champion for women and girls, gender equality, and women empowerment.
Our pick: Limited Edition Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Pink Punch, $26.50; elizabetharden.com
The luxury retailer and female-fronted company has collaborated with six designers to create exclusive T-shirts with proceeds benefitting Women for Women International, a non-profit organization that helps women living in war-torn countries rebuild their lives. Stars like Nicole Kidman, Diane Kruger and Taraji P. Henson are already on-board, showing their support by posing in the tees.
In honor of International Women’s Day, Pottery Barn partnered with four female artists through Women Who Draw to design limited-edition art prints, which are being sold exclusively online. When you purchase one of the gorgeous prints, 20 percent of the profits will go to HERproject, a non-profit that empowers low-income women working in global supply chains to provide them with training programs on health, financial inclusion, and gender equality.
Our pick: The Shapes We Make Framed Print By Alex Labriola, $59–$99; potterybarn.com
The celeb-loved phone case brand has curated a new collection called Her Impact Matters, featuring powerful designs created by women for women. The special edition collection includes power stickers, playful and bold pantones, and catchy mottos to live by every day, all on Casetify’s signature Impact Case. The brand will donate 100 percent of its net proceeds from the collection to Girls Inc.
Our pick: Power Stickers Impact Case, $50; casetify.com
Stella & Dot
To kick off its year-long partnership with Dress for Success, Stella & Dot is selling an exclusive, limited-edition tee with a message that reads, “Don’t be a lady be a legend.” The brand will donate 20 percent of each shirt sold today on International Women’s Day.
Our pick: Dress for Success Be a Legend Tee, $49; stelladot.com
The Bouqs Company
Send the powerful woman in your life a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from The Bouqs Company. The flowery delivery company curated a collection of unique bouquets from its female-operated farms, and gave each one inspiring names — there’s Like a Boss, FLWR PWR, Brilliant, and Enchanted.
Our pick: Like a Boss Deluxe Bouquet, $65; bouqs.com
Today only, when you purchase the brand’s Women Empowerment Charm, 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Women for Women International. The flower charm features a beautiful blooming rose that can be worn on a charm necklace or charm bracelet.
Our pick: Women Empowerment Charm in Rose Gold, $25; kendrascott.com
To celebrate IWD, female-owned, vegan cosmetics brand, Thrive Causemetics, will donate 100 percent of its proceeds from every sale of its Buildable Blur CC Cream, one of the most inclusive and extensive CC creams on the market, and its Blend and Blur sponge to organizations that support women surviving domestic abuse, emerging from homelessness, or fighting cancer.
Our pick: Thrive Causemetics Buildable Blur CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35, $38; thrivecausemetics.com
The Brooklyn-based accessories brand created a limited-edition print in honor of International Women’s Day on two of their most popular items, the fanny pack and mini backpack. The design features a toile print with feminist depictions throughout, including nods to Rosie the Riveter and the burning of bras. Proceeds from the collection (as well as $1 from every social media campaign post) will support Time’s Up and its work in increasing women’s safety, equality and power.
Our pick: Mini Lorimer Backpack, $80; statebags.com
Like mother like daughter! Old Navy is offering a collection of limited-edition tees with inspiring sayings for women and matching mini-me styles for girls. The brand is honoring the women who create its garments with a donation of $25,000 to the humanitarian aid organization CARE.
Our pick: EveryWear Women’s Day-Graphic Tee, $14.99; oldnavy.com
Olivia Palermo x eBay for Charity
Style star Olivia Palermo has teamed up with eBay for Charity and Dress for Success, an international organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence, by donating a curated list of fashion and beauty items from her coveted closet. The items will be sold on eBay for Charity with 100% of the proceeds going to Dress for Success.
Our pick: Olivia Palermo's Red Tibi Bag, $107.50; ebay.com
Known for its classic styles and sustainable products, the brand has released a second iteration of its “Morse Code” capsule collection, with the code appropriately writing out “the future is female.” From March 8th – March 10th 100% of the proceeds from the four piece collection will go to VoteRunLead, an organization that helps women run for office.
Our pick: Morse Code Tencel Viscose Box-Top, $79 (orig. $158); eileenfisher.com
Lou & Grey
If you have ever bought anything from Lou & Grey, your money has been supporting women in under developed countries! The clothing brand known for its comfortable and stylish clothing, has been a long-time partner of HERproject, an organization that gives women working in the global supply chain community access to health, nutrition, and financial education. In 2018 Lou & Grey x HERproject reached 42,000 women in 35 factories across 5 different countries. It’s the brand’s goal by the end of 2020 to have all its clothing made in factories that are implementing HERproject programs.
Our pick: Seersucker Poet Blouse, $69.50; louandgrey.com
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Reese Witherspoon’s clothing label will be donating 25 percent of its profits from its Sisterhood Collection to Girls Inc, a nonprofit that’s dedicated to empowering girls to achieve success. There’s tons of empowering graphic tees, hoodies, and canvas totes to choose from in the collection.
Our pick: Women Better Together Tee, $38; draperjames.com
Ora Delphine believes that every woman should be able to dress for the job they want. To help achieve that, for every bag sold from 3/8/19-3/11/19, a bag will be donated to Dress for Success.
Our pick: "Alisa" Satchel, $395; oradelphine.com
The fast fashion giant partnered with Girls Inc. to create a huge capsule collection for IWD, which includes slogan tees, hoodies, biker shorts, accessories, and more. There’s over 100 pieces to choose from (and they’re all under $30!), and for every item you purchase from the collection, Forever 21 will donate $1 to Girls Inc.
Our pick: Woman Graphic Cropped Hoodie, $22.90; forever21.com
Get empowering styles inspired by the female trailblazers of our past, present, and bright future with Banana Republic’s Equality collection. For every item sold from the limited-edition capsule collection, the brand will donate $5 to the nonprofit organization CARE, as well as a portion to Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E program, which educates and empowers women in the communities that make their products.
Our pick: International Women’s Day Canvas Tote, $42; bananarepublic.com
Etsy has always been a place for female entrepreneurs to grow their successful businesses. So, for IWD, it launched a Fearless Women Capsule Collection — a curated collection of items that celebrate popular female heros, like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, and dozens of other women.
Our pick: The Trailblazers Famous Women Dolls, $40; etsy.com
Gap teamed up with four inspiring women — Noorjahan Akbar of Free Women Writers, Paola Mathé of Fanm Djanm, and Tammy Tibbetts and Christen Brandt of She’s the First — who each designed a shirt for the brand’s IWD collection. They hope women will feel a sense of support and empowerment every time they put on one of the shirts from the collection. In addition, Gap is donating $10,000 to program partner, C.A.R.E.
Our pick: Forever Favorite Roll Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt in I Am Enough, $18 (orig. $24.95); gap.com