Despite massive growth in the creative industries and women's entrepreneurship, gender inequality is still rampant (take a look for yourself). It's been proven that our economies and communities only stand to benefit from gender equality, as women are also more likely to advocate for equal pay, create socially conscious businesses and employ more diversely. These independent business owners, creatives and community organizers deserve better access to the 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-identifying and nonbinary creatives, entrepreneurs and community organizers. Through our event series, showcases, strategic collaborations and professional development programs, we provide a platform of visibility, outreach and financial opportunity to 900+ emerging Texas-based artists, businesses and causes.
What do we do?
Our dynamic and engaging networking events, personal/professional development programs and showcases invite women-identifying and nonbinary artists, creatives and entrepreneurs to create coalitions, share their craft and explore new ideas. We currently produce:
- bimonthly community meet-ups
- an annual comedy, music and film festival
- a biannual makers' market
- artist in residency program
- seasonal visual artist showcases
- entrepreneurial conferences
- personal and professional development programs
- community dialogue series
- civic engagement events
- a free community news distribution service
- artist booking and program consulting
Through these productions and our community development services, we also invite the community to explore how gender equality might benefit their own lives. Since we've been in operation, we've hosted more than 15,000 guests, and have worked closely with other organizations and thought leaders to continue pushing for gender equality.
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 programs that uplift and serve. Want to get involved? Stay tuned for specific opportunities via our email list, or hit us up style at email@example.com. For regular updates, you can also keep up on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Who is #bossbabesATX for?
We believe gender equality 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 are currently registered as a 501C and operate off of a combination of ticket sale revenue, sponsorships and grants. We could not do what we do without the financial support of our 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 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," "women-identifying" or "non binary?"
We use these terms because we believe that womanhood and non-maleness have many definitions—most of which are personal. We will not question if you are "woman" or "boss" enough to attend this event. You are welcome here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org