buy a scarf, educate a girl
Two weeks ago, Wish Dish and Bene Scarves had the opportunity to join in partnership and celebrate women empowerment through the sharing of four different stories by very successful women. The founder of Wish Dish, Bryan Wish approached Michelle Blue, co-founder of Bene in early October about how both brands could work together to create opportunities for women to express themselves around Bene’s core values. Michelle thought of the idea of creating #beneboss and before we knew it, we were off to work to showcase four amazing women.
The four stories generated 2,500+ views and the authors received amazing feedback about how they were an inspiration. Through the partnership, a $500 sponsorship was given by First Heritage Mortgage to Sista Works, Bene’s non-profit partner. First Heritage’s generous donation benefited girls in Sista Works providing tuition, books and school supplies.
To highlight the stories, the first story was Call Me Crazy, How Bene Started , by Michelle Blue. She discussed how she came up with the idea for Bene on a trip abroad and pursued her dream after graduating when the majority of students went into the corporate world. The next story, Being a Mom and Forming my Business , was written by Altrichia Cook. Altrichia became pregnant in college, was working multiple jobs, and then started a business to support herself. Her journey is a testament of her willpower to see a better life for herself. The next article featured Amanda Boleyn, called She Did it Her Way . Amanda discussed how she was unhappy with the corporate world at Target, left her job, then found an amazing company that she does consulting work for while traveling the world. Our last article in the series was written by Kelsey Ehlers who created a foundation called the Ab Fab girls that helps girls with their physical and emotional health through the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
The story series between Bene and Wish Dish wouldn’t have been possible without these four amazing women who have a desire to influence the world in a better way and inspire others to do the same. We cannot thank our sponsor First Heritage Mortgage for their generous contribution to benefit the SistaWorks cause.
If you have a story to share, please visit www.thewishdish.com and to learn more about bene scarves, please visit benescarves.com.
Happy #WCW! This week we are crushing on television's powerhouse, Shonda Rhimes. If you haven't heard of the hashtag that takes Thursdays by storm, #TGIT (Thank Goodness It's Thursday), then you should know it's about Rhimes' stellar show lineup that night. The writer of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder constantly surprises audiences and creates well rounded characters.
Recently we loved an interview Rhimes did with Elle Magazine via Robbie Meyers. Here are some favorite quotes:
RM: I love that your women wear a heel, and they wear a dress, and they carry a handbag. Because, being the editor of this magazine, I feel a real bias still exists, the idea that somehow those two things can't coexist: a brain and…
SR: Enjoying nice things. My whole thing is: The beauty of being a feminist is that you get to be whatever you want, and that's the point. And you may be a person who doesn't give a crap about fashion, but maybe you do. I have a very, very large handbag collection that says I do.
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RM: In your speech to the Human Rights Campaign, you said what you're really talking about with all these characters is being alone and the basic human need to be with other people.
SR: Well, I was talking more about the idea that people wrestle with this content constantly. Is it okay to want to be alone? If you don't want to be alone, how to not be alone? What does being alone mean? Is being alone "I don't have a man who loves me"?
RM: And you can feel alone in a marriage; you can feel alone with a partner.
SR: You can be alone in a crowd. Alone is a different thing to different people. The idea that women don't know that is terrifying. When [Grey's Anatomy's] Cristina Yang left to run her heart clinic, people kept saying, Well, you've ruined her life now. As if her story was not complete because she didn't have a baby or get the guy. And I kept thinking, She didn't want a baby, and the guy didn't want what she wanted. She got what she wanted: She got a room full of 3-D printers that were going to print her hearts whenever she wanted. To her, that was joy. And for some people that couldn't be enough. I also got a lot of letters that were like, "Thank you. That's me!" But there are people who've been conditioned to think that there's one type of happiness. And we've got to teach people that there are many different kinds of happy endings.
Image Source: Entertainment Weekly via: JAMES WHITE for EW
With weather change on the horizon we think it is a perfect time for wrapping up in a shawl and starting a new book. A couple of books on our reading list are Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.
What's on your reading list this month? Show us on Instagram with the hashtag #BenéReads. We'd love to check out your recommendations!
(Top Photo by Hoài Anh Bino)