Behind #bossbabesatx:


Despite massive growth in the creative industries and women's entrepreneurship, gender inequality is still rampant (take a look for yourself). Women are also more likely to bootstrap the beginnings of their companies, invest in social entrepreneurship and run small businesses—and these self-funded, community-minded endeavors greatly shape the growth of our culture and our communities. It's been proven that our economies and communities only stand to benefit from gender equality.

We know that women-identifying independent business owners, creatives and community organizers deserve better access to the capital, influence and opportunity often afforded their male counterparts. So, what's the hold-up? It's time to put our money, market and message where our mouth is.

We're here to be the change. #bbatx is an online and offline space for women artists, creatives and entrepreneurs. We provide a platform of visibility, outreach and financial opportunity to 300+ Texas-based women artists, 500+ women-owned businesses and nonprofits.

What do we do?
Our productions center on personal and professional development, civic engagement, the arts, entrepreneurialism, and community infrastructure. Our dynamic and engaging networking events, personal/professional development programs and showcases invite women-identifying artists, creatives and entrepreneurs to create coalitions, share their craft and explore new ideas. Through these productions and our community development services, we create and sustain networks that financially and socially empower women and girls and invite the community to explore how gender equality might benefit their own lives. Since we've been in operation, we've thrown more than 50 events, totaling 15,000 guests, and have worked closely with companies, brands and thought leaders to continue pushing for gender equality. In the next few years, we plan to take our productions and programs to a nationwide audience.

How can you get involved?
Attend an event, volunteer, become a sponsor, apply to be a vendor, submit your art — there are many ways to become a part of #bossbabesATX! Every year, we also accept new committee members to steer our programming and ensure we continue to create positive and uplifting creative networks for women and girls. Want to get involved? Stay tuned for specific opportunities via our email list, or hit us up style at thebabes@bossbabes.org. For regular updates, you can also keep up on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Who is #bossbabesATX for?
We believe gender equity is a good thing for everyone. Our events are not gender-discriminant and all are welcome to attend.

How do we do what we do?
Run by a volunteer board, committee and two part-time staffers, we're innovative, resourceful and dedicated to the creation of community through creativity and advocacy for equal rights. We could not do what we do without the financial support of our community and sponsors.

How did #bossbabesATX come to be?
Founded by Jane Hervey, we launched in Austin, Texas in May 2015. Thanks to Hervey's efforts and the help of co-founding board members Leslie Lozano and Ashlee Pryor, we continued to grow in response to community need. We're now a nonprofit institution with award-winning, year-round programming and coalition-building services. We were named "Best Bossy Babes" of 2015 by The Austin Chronicle, Tribeza's Top 10 to Watch in 2016 and we were selected by The White House to attend the United State of Women Summit in June 2016. 

Why do we use terms like "self-identifying women" or "women-identifying"?
We use the term "self-identifying woman" because we believe that the term "woman" encompasses many definitions—most of which are personal. We will not question if you are "woman" or "boss" enough. You are welcome here.

 

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REACH OUT:

Have a space you'd like us to use for an event? Want your art featured or sold at a meet (music, writing, illustrations, paintings, etc.)? Want to vend at a meet?  Want to contribute to the blog or have your work featured on the blog? Do you have job opportunities or events you'd like to share with the babes Sponsorship/press inquiries? Any other questions? Ideas?

Please read our FAQ, then email thebabes@bossbabes.org