This IWD go back to movement’s roots and support #WorkerToWearer
This year will mark 110 years since the protest of 15,000 women garment workers in New York City, sparking events that went on to form International Women’s Day. We’ve achieved amazing things in the past few years with the women’s movement.
Birdsong is going back to the day’s roots and asking you to take a pledge to support the women garment workers of today and tomorrow. With an estimated 40 million garment workers worldwide, 90% are women and girls. They’re facing poor conditions, unfair pay, and risking the sack for standing up for their rights or finding themselves pregnant.
This year stand with Birdsong and vow to support a different way of doing things with #WorkerToWearer. Read more about the origins story of IWD over at i-D, where co-founder Sophie has written a piece about the history of the day and it what it means for brands today.
Feel connected to your fellow women, from worker to wearer, by watching our t-shirts be embroidered by Mona, at her community sewing school on a housing estate in Tower Hamlets. Mona is a real fixture of the community and £5 from our £26 t-shirts goes to her sewing lessons for women from low income backgrounds, and people with disabilities. Watch Mona at work here:
Rosa Round Neck Abstract Embroidered Tee£30.00 Add to Bag
Birdsong X Know The Origin Embroidered Organic Sweatshirt£89.00 Add to Bag
Pre-order ‘Still I Rise’ Embroidered Organic Cotton Tee£26.00 Add to Bag
Birdsong X Know The Origin Embroidered Midi Dress£70.00 Add to Bag
Birdsong X Clio Peppiatt Embroidered Bamboo Panther Knickers£25.00 Add to Bag
Clio Peppiatt X Birdsong Embroidered Bamboo Knickers£25.00 Add to Bag
Dancing Queen Socks£18.00 Add to Bag
International Women’s Day should be a celebration of rights for all. Let’s make that happen. Share your vows for a better fashion industry in the comments or on our hashtag #WorkerToWearer.
Here our head office team share their expectations and hopes for the year.
Sophie, Co-Founder & Brand Director: “International Women’s Day should be a celebration of the right to fulfilling and fair work, for the wages we all deserve. That’s why I founded Birdsong to empower all from #WearerToWorker”
Sarah, Co-Founder & Managing Director: “IWD has become so broad and grown so much, which is great. But for me it’s got to be about celebrating the unsung women. That’s really what we’re trying to do with Birdsong, hopefully giving access to women who would usually be passed by when it comes to movements like this – and creating beautiful things in the process.”
Susanna, Designer & Head of Production: “As our makers at Birdsong are all local, I get to visit a lot of them every few weeks and it is a pleasure to get to know them and their cultures (and often their cuisine!) I know this is a rarity in the fashion industry as often the person has made your clothes is on the other side of the world. I’ll be celebrating this IWD with one of our Maker groups Fabric works, sharing one of our universal passions- lunch!”
We’re also pairing up with Hodder to give away one feminist themed book every week in March. All you need to do is a refer a friend.