Let's be honest: women have always been doing amazing things. Women have been creating art and inventing new technologies since ancient times. They also helped shape politics and change laws. They care for their families, work hard in the home and their careers, and ensure that everyone has what they need.
This year, we will do something different: we're celebrating Women's History Month by highlighting local women-owned small businesses making strides you can support.
Omotayo Aweda Photography is based in the Washington, DC, area. Omotayo Aweda is a self-taught photographer. She discovered her passion for photography in 2011 while a freshman in college. She specializes in capturing beauty using photography. "I aim to tell a story with every shutter cycle of my camera."
Kali Ma Botanica brings the mystical to you. Kali Ma Botanica is the place to go if you're looking for crystals, candles, incense, jewelry, and other metaphysical items to enhance your spiritual journey. Owner Melissa Nixon enjoys using her skills to make custom-made jewelry from gemstones and natural materials.
Waxing the City, Alexandria (Del Ray) is a salon that specializes in waxing. They offer a full range of services, including eyebrow waxing, lip waxing, Brazilian waxing, and more. Franchise owner Laura Salmon believes everyone deserves to feel beautiful and confident in their skin.
Ayoka Essentials Candle Co., founded by Epiphanie Yohou, Ayoka Essentials provides the best home fragrance products—and they do it in a plant-based, vegan-friendly, and environmentally sustainable way. That's right: you can feel good about lighting these candles in your home!
MOOD Wellness Lounge was founded by Jessica Dennis, a professional massage therapist. She created MOOD Wellness Lounge to provide a space where people could relax and unwind while learning more about how they can care for themselves through nutrition coaching, infrared sauna sessions, massage therapy, and more.
Hello Wellness is a wellness brand dedicated to empowering you to live a happy and healthy life. Formulated by me, Victoria Makinde, and inspired by the women around me, our products are designed with you in mind—no matter your age, gender, or skin type.
I believe that skincare is more than just putting on lotion—it's about feeling good about yourself. Our products intersect skincare and therapeutics, meaning they can address a variety of different needs on your body (anti-aging, pain, acne treatment) while also helping you feel great about yourself.
Made with only the best quality natural and organic ingredients, you don't have to compromise when it comes to your health! And we make it easy to find what works best for you!
I hope this article has inspired you to learn about these awesome women and support them in their endeavors. Let's celebrate women making their voices heard and contributing their unique strengths to the world around them.
The next step is to identify women in your community and get to know their journeys. That way, you can continue to build a better community by celebrating greatness, no matter how quiet it may be.
Now it's your turn. Before you leave, we want to know what inspires you! Let us know in the comments what women you are inspired by and why.