From Beyoncé’s call to action via “Formation” and Jennifer Lawrence’s demand that Hollywood equalize pay for women to Emma Watson’s empowering speeches at the UN, feminism has solidified into a major pop culture moment. But while celebrities are lending the movement their star power and panache, millions of women around the world still suffer at the hands of inequality.
According to the Pew Research Foundation, women in the United States are paid 83 percent of what their male counterparts earn for performing the identical job. As more women have begun to claim top positions in the fashion industry, clothing has started to reflect feminist values. For example, when Maria Grazia Chiuri became the first female to helm the ship at Dior, her inaugural collection minced no words about her stance.
“We Should All Be Feminists” became a central theme to Dior’s new identity, as well as marching orders for legions of young women with whom the words resonated. Feminism, at its very core, insists on equality of the sexes – an idea that both men and women have been quick to rally around. In fact, after the Women’s March (which gathered millions of protesters in the streets around the world to demand equal rights for women), the fashion industry began focusing on its feminist priorities in increasingly vocal ways.
In the gallery below, we’ve rounded up ten empowering products that make a strong statement, including slogan tees from the runway and affordable versions from high-street brands.