Let’s Celebrate The Power of Women and Community This Month
Maybe I’m still feeling the excitement of Nike’s recent female-focused “Dream Crazier” ad, or maybe it’s the lingering high of showing up to our new store openings and business meetings at the end of 2018 with my infant daughter Annabel in tow. Or perhaps I’m feeling inspired by the community our Follain team and ambassadors are building day by day, all in the name of helping women find the best clean beauty products for their own health and nourishment. Whatever it is—probably all of the above—I’m extra excited to celebrate International Women’s Day this month. For me, this means celebrating the community-building that all women seem to be leaning into these days, to make things better for other women, and men too—because, as the saying goes, when women succeed, the world succeeds.
One of the things you may have heard me say (because I say it a lot!) is that if the biggest beauty companies in the world were run by women, would we even be in the position we are today, having to double check ingredients to see if they’re safe enough for us and our families? It’s preposterous to me that we still need to check labels so much in the U.S., and I’m convinced it will take women to fix this problem; after all, we’re mainly the ones who use and buy personal care products. I founded Follain—which has always been about empowering women to take control of their health and self-care—to help tackle this problem.
We’re constantly moving forward with our mission to match every woman with a clean beauty routine that works for her. Still, International Women’s Day is a good time to take a step back and recognize that I had the opportunity to start and grow Follain because of the women activists and community builders who came before me. So much progress has been made regarding women working, embracing their dreams, and taking control of their health and education. I never would have thought I could turn my Follain dream into a reality without the examples of my mom, female mentors, and others. Having a strong community of women who nourish, understand, and support me has helped keep me going.
I’m grateful you’re part of our Follain community, too. No matter what goals you’re setting for yourself, I hope you’re well underway to building your own network of women who can inspire you to reach them.
P.S. If you haven’t seen that Nike ad yet, please go watch it immediately!
Tara Foley | March 1, 2019