I was one of those children who was often categorized as rather rambunctious. I had a tenacious passion for trying just about anything and everything. Curiosity and creativity were not something I lacked. My excitement towards trying new things however was not always met with the same enthusiasm from others. I was often told, "You can't do that." "You're too young." "You're too small." "You're a girl." "Girls just don't do that." Luckily, the words no, can't, and don't weren't a deterrent for me. I often took them as a challenge. My love for the outdoors, shooting guns with my brother and father, playing sports, playing with cars and trucks, and my distaste for dresses left me coined as a "Tom Boy". Something I was proud of because I was not about to let being a girl stop me from doing things.
I was fortunate to grow up during a time when women and girls had many of the same opportunities as men and boys, thanks to the bravery and resilience of many women before me. In the early 1800s, women were treated as second-class citizens and had many limitations imposed upon them just because of their gender. Fortunately, early abolitionists and women’s rights activists like Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B Wells-Barnett, Maud Wood Park, Mary McLeod Bethune, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent a lifetime fighting for equal rights for women.
In honor of Women's History Month and the many women who played an influential role in initiating the women's rights movement, I created the Equality soap bar. It is a reminder of persisting problems of gender inequality and intersecting forms of gender discrimination, but also the progress made towards gender equality. The image on the bar represents the love for all and the belief that all citizens, regardless of race, religion, or gender, deserve to be treated equally.
The Equality Bar is made with a goat's milk and glycerin base. It is scented with cedarwood, rose, lavender, and ylang-ylang essential oils and colored with blue, red, and purple mica which is safe for even the most sensitive skin. This bar is packaged in an all-natural sisal soap bag and comes with a translucent sticker of the image on the soap and a historical timeline of the early women's rights movement.
In honor of women's history month, 5% of all proceeds will be donated to ProjectGRL, a global project dedicated to bringing awareness and invoking change for women and girls around the world.