“Feminist” might seem too inflammatory a term — celebs like Taylor Swift and Katy Perry have distanced themselves from the label because of the extremist connotation mistakenly tacked on to the “f” word — but we take a decidedly different stance around here. These gifts are for any gal who believes in equal pay, equal treatment and equal regard for women. And who says you can’t have a little fun/rock some super cute femme swag in the process?
For the mag-head, send on a little womanpower through print. Bitch is designed for women looking for a feminist take on pop culture, and Ms. dives into current issues, such as minimum wage and health care policy. Keep giving all year long with a subscription that will provide a monthly collection of by-women-for-women news to the current events guru in your life. (Of course, make sure to also mention Lydia as a place to go for a daily dose of BWFW journalism.)
Rosie the Riveter Crew Socks, $10.99
Keep tootsies warm with everyone’s favorite feminism symbol. The Internet is a treasure trove of anything Rosie the Riveter, from reprints of the original WWII propaganda posters to tins of “Empower Mints.” These socks from Socksmith work well with utility boots, leggings and female solidarity.
Give the little girl (or mom) in your life to Goldieblox, a book series and building set hybrid that focus on introducing young ladies to engineering. Developed by a Stanford engineer to “disrupt the pink aisle,” each set includes a book about Goldie and her friends as they solve problems by building small machines. Girls build along with Goldie, taking them on the same adventures as the protagonist and teaching them basic mechanics as they go. The toy offers little girls the opportunity to explore prospects offered to them beyond the dress up box and Barbie dolls. As CEO Debbie Sterling puts it, “Any girl you know is so much more than a princess.”
Adventures in Feministory Mug, $12.95
Available in the BitchMart (Bitch Magazine’s online store), these mugs depict female historical figures Ada Lovelace, CJ Walker, Anna Julia Cooper and Juliette Gordon Low on dishwasher-safe mugs that both hold coffee and educate on the history of strong women. These mugs are perfect for entrepreneurs (Walker), mathematicians (Lovelace) or educators (Cooper or Low), as for anyone enthralled by these historical wave-makers. Each mug comes with a clever portrait on one side and mini-bio on the other, just in case your feministory needs a little refreshment. Your purchase will go to supporting feminist journalism, which is always a plus.
A friend of mine in college introduced me to Miles’ astute take on the history of women. Filled with tidbits to use against those staunch-conservative “put an aspirin between your knees and get back into the kitchen” relatives no one likes admitting they have, “Who Cooked the Last Supper” examines how the status of women has evolved throughout time. Learn about how women drove history from the passenger seat, starting from ancient tribal traditions and recapping history all the way to today’s politics and social conventions.
To the cinephile, give the film that epitomizes woman-powered movies. Written by then-waitress Callie Khouri, this (so-much-more-than-a) chick flick tells the story of two women on a road-trip-gone-bad that helps them develop their voices (and sharpshooting abilities) in the patriarchal 1990s south. If you’re looking for more recent female-centric film, check out “The Heat,” for a modern female buddy comedy.
“A Woman’s Place” tank top, $19.99 — Wicked Clothes
We all know the politicians-to-be — the policy junkies, petition starters and Hillary 2.0s that keep us alert to our government’s every move (or, rather, sedentary tendencies). Congress is blatantly disproportionate, with only 18.3% of representatives being women, and this tank top shouts it loud and proud for the whole world to see. Don’t think this is an offer limited to ladies, however; Wicked Clothes prints it on unisex tanks, which means they’ll fit the equality-minded gentlemen in your life, too.
“Grow a Pair” Button, $1.99 — Café Press
Looking to stuff a feminist’s stocking? Check out a variety of pro-women buttons, like Café Press’ “Grow A Pair” (of ovaries, that is) badge that makes a small but meaningful statement. These are perfect for taking that professional computer bag or cute winter jacket to the next level on the statement ladder, as well as a cute little something to top off a package or just remind a girl that she’s being thought of this Christmas season.
“Ask Amy” Beach Tote, $23.99 — Smart Girls at the Party
Lydia thanked Amy Poehler this year for her contribution to pro-girl conversation — naturally, we’re all about the merchandise that both promotes “Smart Girls at the Party” and helps fund the organization. This Christmas, help your feminist friends take Poehler’s message with to the bookstore, beach, office or grocery store. A plus to this nifty tote? It has an extra lining inside to keep it safe from coffee spills and unexpected rain.
Kate Everson is Chicago journalist and University of Missouri alumna. By day she is an associate editor for four HR industry magazines. By night, she reviews films, outlines fiction novels with tough female leads and dreams of being the first person to win two Oscars in the same night for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay. When her fingers aren’t getting exercise bouncing across her keyboard, she’s reading Palahniuk and Vonnegut, practicing her Batgirl skills in the dojo or waiting by the mailbox for her Hogwarts letter. As Katharine Hepburn said: “Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting.”