To many people, a dress symbolizes things like fragility, weakness, inequality, outdated dress code rules, societal pressures, gender roles… There was a time when a woman would be literally scoffed at for wearing anything OTHER than a dress. And for centuries, women have fought to press on and buck trends and fight stereotypes, and obviously a woman wearing pants or wearing shorts isn’t thought of as anything crazy or remarkable today… but could a woman wearing a dress actually change the world? Could the “dress” be reclaimed into a symbol of power and freedom and purpose? We think so…
My guest this week is Blythe Hill, the founder of DRESSEMBER, an international movement of women and men who are raising money to fight to end human trafficking. I wanted to hear Blythe’s story and learn about how she got this incredibly amazing Dressember movement started and I LOVED our conversation! I am actually participating in Dressember this year and I am pledging to wear a dress every day during the month of December… Yes, even if it is freezing out. I would be so honored and grateful if you’d consider donating to my Dressember fundraiser! My goal is $6,300 and that would fund the rescue operation of one woman, man, or child who is trapped in the bondage of modern day slavery. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and you can donate HERE. I hope you love this episode as much as I do!
Blythe Hill is the CEO and Founder of the Dressember Foundation, an anti-trafficking nonprofit organization that engages women and men in the fight to end modern-day slavery. Through their annual campaign, thousands of people across six continents commit to wearing dresses or bow ties for the month of December as a way to bring awareness and raise funding for anti-trafficking work. In four years, Dressember advocates have raised over $3MM USD. Originally hailing from Seattle, Blythe now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their puppy, Friday. She loves a good red wine, a good cheese, and a good pun.
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