Here, we rounded up the perfect gifts for the badass women in your life that speak to everything feminism stands for—equality, empowerment, and freedom—from brands that are doing it right.
It's clear that some people still see feminism as a threat. In reality, all the "scary-sounding" word means is equal rights for everyone. But misconceptions, stereotypes, and err sexism, can make that difficult to live by, especially when faced with constant discouragement and criticism. But these feminist gifts may just give a friend or family member the push they need to live their truth each and every day.
Sure, being a feminist is about a lot more than cute accessories — but wearing a "Future Is Feminist" t-shirt or carrying a tote with boobs is a way to quietly let people know where you stand politically. Wearing a feminist icon’s name on a T-shirt can even be a conversation starter, giving the wearer an opportunity to share a little information with people in a playful and non-confrontational way.
The following list also includes a couple of educational books, because you can't know how to effectively fight the good fight without seeing how women from years gone by did it. And no one will get a wider sense of the issues at hand without a little further reading.
Whether you’re hosting a female-empowering brunch this International Women's Day (IWD), you want to gift a feminist present to your teenage cousin who’s suddenly politically aware, or you’ve just decided to reward yourself for making it through another long month, we’ve got some ideas for you.
shop the best feminist gifts for iwd:
Have you seen a more perfect addition to jewellery collection than this "Feminist" chain?
Rock N Rose 16K Gold Plated Feminist Script Nameplate Necklace, €33.32, Not On The High Street
When you want to get the message across a little differently, Eileen Fisher's "The Future Is Female" morse code t-shirt gets the job done.
The Future Is Female T-Shirt, €83.50, Eileen Fisher
This cute and practical tote is perfect for your friend who always carries a metal straw and loves her cat.
Not Today Patriarchy, Organic Cotton Tote, €25.26, Etsy
This art book traces the growth of feminism from 1857 to today, featuring over 350 works of art, graphic design, illustration, and photography.
The Art of Feminism, €40.95, Book Depository
An exclusive Love Handles ceramic vase provides just enough shock factor to make it the most perfectly iconic gift ever. Also available in a wide variety of colours.
Anissa Kermiche Vase, €390, MATCHESFASHION.
Gloria Steinem, Amelia Earhart, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Spend a Friday night in with this "Nevertheless She Persisted" puzzle piecing together inspirational quotes from some of history's most empowering women.
Never The Less She Persisted Puzzle, €16.21, Uncommon Goods
In case the world needs another reminder that it's our bodies and we can do what we want with them. Eyes up here, folks.
Boob Bag, €7, Never Fully Dressed
Female reproductive rights have been one of the most hotly-contested political issues of the last decade, and the fight has only just begun. The Pill Pin is here to remind everyone that birth control is here to stay. 50% of the profits from this pin go to organizations such as Planned Parenthood and SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective.
The Pill Pin, €14, Dissent Pins
Expressing your views through what you wear is this season and every season's hottest trend.
Yas Banríon, €40, Bean An Tees
Keep a copy of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists close to you. Then give it to all of your male friends.
We Should All Be Feminists, €8,30, Book Depository
Fill this mug with the tears of misogynists (or, you know, tea).
Feminist Mug, €11.20, Etsy
Join us in rocking some rhinestones, you know, for the sisterhood...
Silver Slogan Hair Clips, €12, Pretty Little Thing
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