International Women's Day deserves our attention. It is an important day worldwide to celebrate the accomplishments of women and a day to acknowledge that there is a gender problem. It calls upon us to challenge conscious and unconscious bias, to value men's and women's contributions equally, and to find resolve in creating a more inclusive, gender-equal world.
Today, I'm taking a moment to highlight a few talented women in the Bay Area that I am grateful to know. Please take the opportunity to learn about these women, their work, and support them in achieving their ambitions. In the year ahead, we'll continue to celebrate the women who inspire us to do better.
VALERIE LUU AND KATIE KWAN, RICE PAPER SCISSORS
Meet Valerie Luu and Katie Kwan, the duo behind Rice Paper Scissors, a Vietnamese pop-up restaurant. They are a couple of my favorite people in San Francisco. Smart and multi-talented, full of energy and personality. After six years of operating as a pop-up, they will be opening a restaurant of their own! I am thrilled for them and excited to support this next chapter of their business and I hope you will too! Keep up with these two on Instagram @ricepapersf and please check out their Kickstarter and consider supporting the build out of their restaurant. Seeing these women secure a space in San Francisco has me feeling optimistic about the future of this city that is increasingly defined by a male-dominated tech workforce.
NATASHA WONG, SELDOM SEEN
Meet Natasha Wong, Co-Founder of Seldom Seen, a boutique located in San Francisco's Hayes Valley curating a modern and urban style. Tash is a San Francisco native with an entrepreneurial spirit and is passionate about cultivating community and connections. She is smart, focused and full of determination. What is more, she is genuinely kind and supportive. It's been exciting to watch Tash and her business partner, Daniel, build their business. Follow along on their journey on Instagram @seldomseen and take part in their Phenomenal Woman campaign next weekend, March 18 + 19. The campaign celebrates the achievements of women and a new generation of activists, but in particular, directs attention to intersectional feminism and how overlapping identities, such as race and ethnicity, impact varying experiences of discrimination.
I have decided to continue working today, though will focus much of the day on strategizing how Abacus Row can support and promote the incredible women I am fortunate to know - women in the arts and women in science, women working for others and women working for themselves. It's a day to take note of women's work and to remember to be mindful of its value every day of the year and all across the world. If you choose to shop with us today, we will be donating 20% of our sales to Planned Parenthood.
Note: The quote from the top is taken from Chimamanda Adichie's essay "We Should All be Feminists", if you haven't read the piece or heard her Tedx talk, I highly recommend it. You can purchase it here to read or find it here to watch.
Happy International Women's Day!