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Women-Owned Businesses to Support

March is Women’s History Month, so it’s the perfect time to celebrate the bold and strong female entrepreneurs who have taken the risk to live their dreams!

Below, I’ve listed a few businesses owned by women from all walks of life who have turned their passion into a successful business. Check them out and show them your support!

  1. Buff Chick Supplements

Strong women build each other up, both physically and mentally. This is the mission behind fitness trainer and powerlifter Meg Gallagher’s supplement brand. The company tagline is, “insecurity isn’t for sale,” and she makes it clear that her products aren’t meant to be gimmicky “skinny teas” or detox regimens.

Gallagher’s passion for empowering women extends to sharing her own ever-changing strength journey and being real about her body no matter how it looks (she recently had a baby!). She’s also the founder of the Strong Strong Friends fitness training program.

Meg wants to “get a barbell into every woman’s hands,” so if you’re looking for a new way to get healthy, this is it!

 

  1. The Paper Wilderness

Do you like chubby animals, adorable illustrations and stickers? Of course you do. Who doesn’t?

Artist Jenna Puentes is the mind behind The Paper Wilderness, an animal-inspired stationery shop. Puentes’ art style is whimsical, vibrant watercolors, and her designs are nothing short of adorable. She creates stickers, notepads, greeting cards, apparel, and an incredibly popular “Swimsuit Calendar” featuring a menagerie of creatures in swimsuits.

Whether you’re shopping for gifts for a friend or a present for yourself, The Paper Wilderness is brimming with cuteness that will brighten your day.

 

  1. Holy Snails

If you want glowing, gorgeous skin, Holy Snails is a perfect place to shop. It’s proudly owned and operated by minority women.

Holy Snails started as a fun “what-if” thought experiment between Vietnamese-American founder Chel Cortes and longtime friend Jude Chao. The two were having a conversation about dream skincare products, and Cortes, who had the skills and setup, decided to do her own research and formulate the brand’s flagship product: Shark Sauce. (Don’t worry, no sharks involved!)

Since then, the Holy Snails brand has expanded to include a full range of Korean beauty-inspired skincare products and gained a huge cult following. Her shop even carries sheet masks formulated by Jude Chao, a Taiwanese-American beauty personality in her own right.

 

  1. Semicolon Books

Semicolon is a Black woman-owned bookstore and art gallery in the heart of Chicago. Founder Danielle Mullen has made it her mission to show how the power of words can better the community. The first floor of her bookstore is a gorgeous gallery space where patrons can watch artists at work, admire local creators, and read their favorite books.

Mullen has also founded a literacy-focused nonprofit called Paren(t)hesis. The campaign’s mission is to close the literacy gap in marginalized communities.

Even if you don’t live in or around the Chicago area, you can visit the Semicolon website to shop and show your support.

 

Shop to Celebrate This Women’s History Month

There are hundreds of female-owned businesses in the U.S. alone, so take some time this month to show your support for female entrepreneurs!

Nicole Hopkins

Nicole Hopkins is a freelance writer for hire that has been sharing her passion for health, wellness and yoga since 2014. When she's not working on getting into crow pose or petting every cat in sight, you can find her writing about science, skincare and mental health at MsMerriam.com and Kalista Edit. Visit her at MsMerriam.com or on Instagram at @msmerriam.

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