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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Women-Owned Businesses Protesting Donald Trump

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Women across the country watched in horror as Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a "nasty women" during the final presidential debate. Why? Clinton was answering a question about how she would raise taxes on the rich to resolve the country's debt problem. She stated, "My Social Security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald's, assuming he can't figure out how to get out of it." Trump interrupted her by saying, "Such a nasty woman." Women-owned businesses have found an effective way to protest against Trump's comment.

How women-owned businesses are protesting

The implication from Trump's comment is that women have no right to speak out. If they do, they are "nasty." The comment rubbed every women in the country the wrong way, especially women in business. There are an estimated 11 million women-owned companies that generate more than $1.6 trillion in revenue, according to Forbes. In the past nine years, their businesses have increased by 45 percent. They are powerful, and growing. And they have found a way to tell Trump he is out of line.

Amanda Brinkman, founder of Google Ghost, protested by designing a t-shirt with a big red heart on the front that reads, "Nasty Woman." The t-shirt generated so many sales, Brinkman's company, which started as an after-work hobby, had to formally incorporate. In addition, Brinkman is donating 50 percent of the proceeds to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is just one of many non-profit organizations that will suffer from Trump's planned charitable tax cut of $13.5 billion to $26.1 billion. Charitable deduction finance nonprofits, such as Planned Parenthood.

Since the election, many more women-owned businesses have been established, and many, like Google Ghost, donate a portion of their profits to charitable causes. Many are also creating products that are in direct protest of Donald Trump. Moran Amir, founder of the jewelry company Adornia, added a “NASTY” lariat necklace to her line, and donates part of her proceeds to Planned Parenthood. Rachel Berks, founder of Otherwild and designer of the Future is Female t-shirt,
is donating 50 percent of her proceeds from one weekend of sales to Planned Parenthood. There are others.

The power of women

Collectively, these women are making a powerful statement. They will NOT be quiet. They WILL support other women. They will continue to support women-owned businesses. Nasty? You decide.

Read more at www.teenvogue.com/story/nasty-woman-tshirt-business-protest-donald-trump
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