Bloomers and Frocks supports Black Women in Business
Posted on June 01 2020
From the day I opened our doors, Bloomers and Frocks has always been a place of inclusion. We support everyone, particularly women (we are a women’s store after all) of all races, ages, backgrounds, and sexuality. When you walk in our door, you are human, and we love you for who you are.
While I am a white woman business owner and I will never firsthand experience the pain of people of color, I want to be able to do something proactive that can help the cause in a meaningful way, not just today, but something that will last in the future. Anyone who has ever met me knows that I am a connector. I believe in social capital. I believe in empowerment of people. I believe in inclusion. I believe in building people up to be the best that they can be, especially women. And these values are reflected at Bloomers and Frocks.
I want to be able to proactively inspire change at my local level, Austin, Texas. One of the areas I feel is lacking is promoting local ownership and entrepreneurship in the African American community. Former President Obama wrote this morning that “Tailoring reforms for each community will require local activists and organizations to do their research and educate fellow citizens in their community on what strategies work best.” While he was speaking in terms of politics, this message also applies to building our communities back up and promoting not just inclusion but radical reform for advancement of people of color, starting at a local level.
Did you know that before the pandemic, in the USA, there were approximately:
- 2 million small businesses
- Of this, only 6 million are owned by women (36%)
- and only 6 million are owned by African Americans (less than 1%)
- Of that 2.6 million owned by African Americans, approximately 35% are female owned. This is less than 1 million or less than half a percent of all small businesses.
This is not representative of our population and it needs to change.
For the month of June, Bloomers and Frocks will be donating 20% of online sales to organizations that support black women in business.
My organization of choice is currently Black Women in Business. I believe that most of us want change, we want the racism and hatred, and violence to stop. And while this small donation won’t change the world, it’s our initial small contribution to help initiate change.
Finally, as we are a vintage shop, love learning from history, and want to leave you with something inspirational, if you haven’t had a chance yet, watch Self Made on Netflix, a story bases in the life of Madam CJ Walker and how she worked hard to over-come and start her own beauty business.
Thank you for your continued support of our small shop. If we all chose to do something proactively, no matter how small, together we can build the world we want to be.
Owner, Bloomers and Frocks