International Women’s Day 1910 – 2016

Clara-Zetkin-founder-womens-dayIn 1910, the 2nd International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. Clara Zetkin, leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, proposed the idea of an International Women’s Day.

Clara proposed that every year, in every country, there should be a celebration of Women’s Day on the same day to press for women’s demands. The Conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Carla’s suggestion with unanimous approval — and International Women’s Day was born!

Worldwide, women continue to contribute to economic, social, cultural, and political achievements. We have much to celebrate today, but progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places around the world.

International Women's Day 2016

The 2014 World Economic Forum predicted that it would take until 2095 to achieve gender parity globally. In 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133. We have urgent work to do. So, how do we want to celebrate International Women’s Day in 2016?

International Women’s Day 1910 – 2016. Are you ready to accelerate gender parity?

This year, we can all pledge to take concrete steps to help achieve gender parity more quickly in many different ways. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence.

Globally, with men and women joining forces, and with individuals pledging to move from talk to purposeful action, we can collectively help women advance equal to their numbers and realize the limitless potential they offer economies and cultures the world over. Commit to take the Pledge to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity on International Women’s Day 2016 and beyond.

International Women's Day

Make a Pledge to:

  • help women and girls achieve their ambitions
  • challenge conscious and unconscious bias
  • call for gender-balanced leadership
  • value women and men’s contributions equally
  • create inclusive, flexible cultures


Shop Woman Made to support female entrepreneurs on and for International Women’s Day 2016! Here are a few books on the subject of Women’s contributions: (and more here)


New Make-Up for the New Year: Clean Cosmetics

Lucy Light Clean Cosmetics Mineral Foundation by Lucy Minerals“Clean Cosmetics” is the new buzz word these days for natural toxin free Make-Up.  Join the majority of women worldwide who are waking up to this new possibility.  Women owned businesses are creating Make-Up that we can feel safe wearing, and feel safe that we aren’t unnecessarily polluting our environment  while we “potentize our body with symbols,” as poet  Judy Grahn defines the word cosmetics.

Every new year, during the months of January through March, I replace last year’s Make-Up with fresh new items, sometimes changing the colors but not always.  Click on these photos if you see something you like! Whether it is a natural Mascara or Eye Shadow, or safe nano-particle-free Mineral Foundations, if you are like me and replace your Make-Up this time of the year, we have some great 100% natural choices.

EarthLab Cosmetics Raw Mascara Clean CosmeticsDiane Peterson and Jennifer MacDougall, the mother and daughter team at EarthLab Cosmetics, uses 100% natural botanically based food grade ingredients that are Gluten-Free, Paraban Free, and free of all toxic chemicals.  I personally love their “Raw Mascara.”  It actually comes in one color only, Black, because if they wanted brown they would have to cook it!

These two women entrepreneurs are committed to “Raw Mascara” and Clean Cosmetics!  EarthLab Cosmetics is making and campaigning for safer cosmetic products.

Clean Cosmetics Mineral Foundation by Lucy MineralsAnnie Langguth is the Esthetician, Skin Care Specialist, and owner of Lucy Minerals. I love that she offers trial size Mineral Foundations for $2.50,  helping you can find your perfect shade. She also offers Light Foundations for Sensitive Skin, Oil Control Formulas, and Finishing Powders to bond with Foundation so they last for hours. 

Annie has Rosacea herself, and has created her Foundations with women’s skin problems in mind.  However you prefer your Mineral Foundations, you will find your perfect formula and perfect shade among Lucy Minerals all natural, nano-particle-free, Clean Cosmetics.

Thank you for shopping Fair Trade, Green, and Woman Made!

Heart Jewelry for Valentines Day!

Spiral Heart Jewelry Pendant by K Robins Designs.Hearts, Hearts, and More Hearts — Designed and Crafted by Women Jewelers!  Share the beautiful and loving inspiration of Heart-Inspired, Heart-Infused pendants to show the love you feel!

Loving Kindness Heart Jewelry Pendant by K Robins Designs.Whether your passion is sterling silver or bronze, the energy of the Earth encircles every piece of our beautiful heart jewelry and accessories.  Each piece contains the loving wisdom and passion of women jewelry designers and crafters from around the country.

Infinite Love Heart Jewelry Pendant by K Robins Designs. K Robins Designs: Many of my jewelry designs come from my fascination with the language of symbols and how the art of different cultures and times echoes around the world. All cultures surround themselves with symbols and naturally pass them reverently from generation to generation. These symbols lift up and guide us through life’s interwoven cycles of birth, life, death and rebirth.

Forget-Me-Not Heart Jewelry Pendant by Jane Iris Designs.Jane Iris Designs: From the subconscious to design, you will find a part of yourself in our  Jewelry Collection. Jane Iris jewelry is proudly made by four women casters in America, and finished by Patti Ann Sansome, owner of Jane Iris Desgns. Woman owned and operated for 19 years!

Forget-Me-Not Heart Jewelry Necklace with Amethyst Drop by Jane Iris Designs.Divinity is based on mysteries. The Ancients conceived of divinity based on the important mysteries of their time: cycles of birth, life & death, fertility & survival. Our desire for self-awareness makes our emotions, dreams and intuitions the mysteries of our lives; it is a basis for the mythologies of our time.

See our Video on Heart Jewelry. Click on the Heart Jewelry images above  to learn more about our Woman Made and Crafted Jewelry.  Thank you for shopping Fair Trade, Green, and Woman Made!

The Search for Convenient Resilience visits Green Woman Store

The Search for Convenient Resilience

Save the Ocean!

With nothing but borrowed pens and paper, Hannah and Dana, creators of The Search for Convenient Resilience, came to meet with Green Woman Store in Leucadia, California, just north of San Diego. Being Vermont natives, they were unfamiliar with the ocean salt breezes and the sea of pedestrians holding on to their prized surfboards. But needless to say, they were ready to move and set-up shop in one of the beachside cafes. To commence the final interview of their cross country journey they came to find out more about the passion behind our online catalog of woman made green products.  We gathered some raw vegan food and headed for the beach, and then to a cafe where we sat beneath the stained glass Surfing Madonna you see at the left.  With tea and biscotte, we talked about Green Woman Store’s dedication towards female empowerment and sustainable commerce.

I began Green Woman Store to give women the opportunity to be at the forefront of commerce.  I spent time in non-profit environment organizations trying to solve development problems and became aware of international NGOs and international sustainable development strategies . I learned that when women around the world are asked what they need, they call out for “Market Access.”  Green Woman Store is an answer to that call. Green Woman Store allows for trade and commerce opportunities that are often only seen as accessible to men.

” Why just women…?” they asked.  My response was honest. According to studies, when resources go directly into the hands of women, all equally benefit. Women, by nature, are much more willing to collaborate and negotiate at the level where all participants, from the laborers to the buyers, benefit.

I have discovered women all over the world that are self-starters, and on a mission to produce sustainable wares. From hand-made clothing to dinnerware for children made from non-toxic, GMO-free reclaimed potatoes, Green Woman Store has amplified the female voice with market access.  All of the women entrepreneurs on the site are screened to ensure all that all products follow a conservation ethic, a caring for biodiversity and Mother Earth, and that all products are at fair-trade pricing.  50% to 80% of the retail sale price goes directly to the women who produce the products.  Ask yourself, how many businesses, have that level of philanthropy?
Green Woman Store connects seller to the buyer. Thanks to this program, women are connecting in ways that would have been nearly impossible just a few decades ago. From the hand-crafted Guatemalan sweaters made by traditional Indigenous Guatemalan Women Weavers to Jane Iris jewelry from San Diego.

Just prior to arriving on my doorstep, Hannah and Dana had all of their belongings, computer and video equipment, and their car stolen. They did arrive with pen and notepad, and their absolute resilience and strength to continue with their extraordinary work of documenting the efforts of ordinary citizens like myslef to bring forth a better future for all. 

This blog is excerpted from their Blog Post about their visit. You can visit Hannah and Dana, and follow their inspiring adventures at:

” …The giving of love is an education in itself.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Jane Iris Designs – 20 Years of Woman Made Women’s Jewelry

Spirit Healer Sterling Silver Pendant with choice of garnet, opal, ruby and more.

Spirit Healer

I just added more of Jane Iris Designs beautiful jewelry to the Apparel & Accessories on Pendants, rings and earrings, Goddesses, Labrys, Ankhs, and Conga Drums in bronze and sterling, with garnets and opals, citrine and lapis, rubies and more. Jane Iris is one of the great designers of women’s jewelry in our time.

I remember discovering Jane Iris jewelry when I lived in Berkeley, California, in the l990’s. Hers was some of the first dramatic, spiritual and woman-identified jewelry that mirrored my growing interest in ancient and sustainable cultures, environmentalism and spirituality. Her women’s jewelry makes tangible the strength, truth and integrity of women’s culture anciently and today.

When I sell Jane Iris jewelry at the Michigan Women’s Festival, women tell me, “I have that piece, and that one too.  And I gave that piece to a dear friend.”  I love that we women share our sacred possessions, and that we keep supporting the craftswomen who inspired us when they, and we, were much younger.

Today, I am delighted to have added some of my favorite pieces, and hopefully some of your favorites too!  Surely, we will be adding more in the future.  I created a video sharing some of the new beautiful woman made Jane Iris Designs women’s jewelry pieces: Spirit Healer, Sardinian Goddess, Ankh, Labrys, Conga Drums, Truth Ring, and many more.  Enjoy!

Eagle Valley Eco-Fuel Brickenmore Natural Fire Starters Showcased in CT September 28!

Eagle Valley Eco-Fuel is heading to the Big E, where their Brickenmore Natural Fire Starters are being showcased by the State of Connecticut on September 28th! 

Brickenmore Fire Starters by Eagle Valley Eco FuelThis is a great opportunity for owner, Cindy Richey, whose life long goal to live truly green has lead to creating the  BRICKENMORE™ product line. All products are produced in the U.S.A., in fact, right in Connecticut’s farmland!  Her love of nature and its precious creatures, waterways and natural habitats has led her to create Eagle Valley Eco Fuel, Inc., which offers only natural, affordable, renewable, environmentally friendly fire starter products. 

Brickenmore Fire Starters by Eagle Valley Eco FuelEagle Valley Eco-Fuel is no longer just for camping or outdoor use!  They have moved into a larger manufacturing facility, hired employees, and will be adding Heating Bricks and Fire Logs this Fall.  Cindy is excited, and her work to recycle horse manure into these truly renewable products is an exciting step forward for all of us who love to build safe, sustainable fires! Camp fires, backyard fires, fires in our living rooms.  Thank you, Eagle Valley Eco-Fuel, for keeping our home fires, and all our fires, burning green!

You can contact Cindy at her office in CT at 860-872-1200, Ext. 102. 

Camping Green and Loving It!

Karmic Krunch gluten-free snack mix with lots of nutsWhat we need when we are outdoors is a continuation of our healthy lifestyle.  My favorite hiking snack is Karmic Krunch.  I am gluten-free, so I require grains that do not contain gluten.  I also want protein and I love the quantity and variety of nuts in Karmic Krunch.  Sugar content is also a concern.  This light gluten-free, vegan snack is sweetened with Agave which is lower on the glycemic index and I still get my sweet taste satisfied!

Brickenmore Fire Starters by Eagle Valley Eco Fuel

I also enjoy campfires, and I hate the smell of toxic firestarters!  We are so fortunate to have Brickenmore environmentally friendly, organic, affordable firestarters to offer.  And they are available in naturally scented options like Patchouli, Lavender and can you believe it, Rose!  Made in Connecticut by Cindy Richey’s woman owned business.


Vegware Plates and CutleryVegware compostable plates, cutlery and cups are the best part of green camping!  I love these products.  I never felt good about using plastic just because I was eating outdoors, and now we can be environmentally friendly hungry campers.  These products are available in family size packs or by the case for your business or large events.  Either way, you will feel good about your choice to camp green.

peace flags by MosaZoneAnd of course, we need Peace Flags for our campgrounds!  Handmade by MosaZone, these colorful peace flags are blank so you can write your own intentions on them.  Hang them from the trees, hang them from your tent.  Either way, you will enliven the forest and campgrounds with your well wishes!

Enjoy your Summer, and camp Green!  Oh yes, dont forget those natural insect repellents that smell like Mother Nature!

Green Books to Grow A Healthier Lifestyle

Getting A Grip 2 by Frances Moore LappeWe all need new information for our new greener and healthier lifestyles.  Women authors are guiding our way with books for adults and children, and books written for all ages.  Frances Moore Lappe has been guiding our green palates for nearly 40 years with her revolutionary “Diet for a Small Planet.”  Now her daughter, Anna Lappe, is following in her mothers good footsteps with, “Diet for a Hot Planet.” 

These two important books educate us about how our food choices contribute to poverty, resource destruction and human exploitation.  Both books give us excting solutions so we can go forward feeling good about our purchases and our sustainable lifestyle.

365 Ways to Live Green for Kds by Sheri AmselNew and exciting books for children on how to “Think Fair Trade First,” the story of a sister and brother searching for a family gift and learning how shopping wisely can improve many people’s lives around the world.  “365 Ways to Live Green for Kids”  teaches children why organic food is tastier—and better—for them, how to protect plants and animals, and Earth Day celebrations.

Sudie Rakusin Coloring Book for Big GirlsAnd to promote exploration and stimulate a child’s imagination and sense of wonder, “I Love Dirt,” is a special gift for every family with young ones.  For girl children of all ages who love animals, Sudie Rakusin’s “Coloring Books for Big Girls,” are wonderful multi-cultural examples of strong women being part of the nature they inhabit.

Women's History for Beginners by Bonnie MorrisBooks about politics, the changes in women’s lives (fashion, sex and politics),and race, are all important books to remind us of our women’s history. Memoirs by women sharing their life experiences and humor.  All this literature is part of the greening of our minds, hearts and souls.  When we know the full story behind our actions, we are able to go forward in strength, truth and sustainability.

 Read green, teach green, and live green, a beautiful choice for all of us to share!

Empowering Consumers and Women Entrepreneurs

Bayberry Naturals Bar Soaps

Bayberry Naturals Bar Soaps gently cleanse with organic oils, essential oils, botanical extracts, berries, seeds, leaves and roots.

Our Goal at is to Empower  Consumers and Women Entrepreneurs,  building “Connected Consumerism.” 

We want to empower women who have great ideas and exciting products at all levels of their business life, while at the same time helping consumers feel that their purchases benefit and are connected to community, earth friendly manufacturing, ethical business practices, fairness and fair trade — where every purchase feels good and safe for our families and our environment. 

Why our focus on women?  Studies show that when resources are directed toward the women, everyone benefits! Gender equality is crucial for conservation, sustainable development, and equitable benefit sharing. Women entrepreneurs make informed choices and negotiate outcomes that balance biodiversity, conservation, and

Venus of Laussel, France

Venus of Laussel, France, depicting women 25,000 years ago making the connection between the 13 lunar cycles of the year and their 13 yearly menstrual cycles.

human development needs. 10,000 years ago, we women invented/developed agriculture based on our menstrual connection to lunar cycles. Women are intimately and economically connected to earth and her resources.

Our passion and dedication is to “Woman-Identified Sustainable Development,” putting women and our experiences back at the center of development strategies. We offer products for sale that are sustainable development solutions, products created by women and woman owned businesses, products derived out of women’s cultures and lifelong experiences, earth friendly manufacturing practices and ethical business practices. is woman owned, operated, and financed.

Sudie Rakusin, I have loved her art forever!

Sudie Rakusin Coloring Book for Big GirlsI am so excited!  We have just added Sudie Rakusin’s Coloring Boods for Big Girls!  I bought the newest ones for my daughters and granddaughters last year.  Her black and white drawings are among my favorites, and Sudie likes these best too:

“Whatever medium I am working in at the moment is my favorite, but, I think drawing with a simple 2B pencil and painting in oils would be the ones I love the most.  They seem to me the purist and most honest.”

Sudie Rakusin Journey CardsI bought Sudie’s blank journal recently for a friend who was taking a writing class.  I haven’t tried her Journey Cards yet, but you can.  Let me know your experiences!  Oh yes, and do check out her children’s activity book.  Women with amazing wardrobes and many different animals frequent Sudie’s art.  Enjoy!

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Eco-Friendly Reusable Produce Bags

Eco-Friendly Reusable Produce Bags

Studies show that when resources are directed toward the women, everyone benefits! Gender equality is crucial for conservation, sustainable development, and equitable benefit sharing. Women entrepreneurs make informed choices and negotiate outcomes that balance biodiversity, conservation, and human development needs.

venus of lausse 30,000 bce

Venus of Laussel, France 25,000 BCE pictured here is a limestone bas-relief of a strong ancient woman painted with red ochre making the connection between the 13 lunar cycles of the year and her 13 synchronistic menstrual cycles.

10,000 years ago, we women invented/developed agriculturebased on our menstrual connection to lunar cycles. Women are intimately and economically connected to earth and her resources.

Twenty years ago, we never believed shopping green would become so popular.  I feel that buying woman made will be the next giant step forward for green consumers in our efforts toward connected consumerism.  Empower women entrepreneurs who have great ideas and exciting products, while feeling that your purchases benefit and are connected to community, earth friendly manufacturing, ethical business practices, fairness and fair trade — where every purchase feels good and safe for our families and our environment. Brava, connected consumerism!