Women make the world a better place! We do not get enough credit for our contributions – did you see the article the other day that said women contribute almost $11 trillion in unpaid labor? Or the UN report that said 90% of people have a “deeply ingrained bias against women”?
Sunday, March 8 is International Women’s Day and I hope people will think about all of the work women do to improve the world, so much of it unpaid. Using shea is one way you can be sure you are helping women (at least in most cases). Women who work really hard in shea include people like my mom and millions of girls and women in West Africa. As a mom myself, here with my first son, I know that a woman’s work is truly never done.
I remember when we would wake up before the sun came up to go fetch water for the house and do all the household work. And all of this work is never paid despite that it is so valuable. And girls and women are exploited all the time, too. By supporting shea, you are helping to change this – because shea is a way for people to earn money and improve their livelihoods!
I buy all of my shea from a company in northern Ghana that is certified Fair Trade. I have visited the company and made shea butter with the women who work there. So, you can rest assured that when you buy my products, you are contributing to a better world.