Do You Have Blood On Your Hands?

Diamonds have always been said to be a girl’s best friend. In fact, as a whole, the business of diamonds brings in about $81.4 billion a year. However, only an incredibly small percentage of that profit is given to those who actually did the work to mine these precious stones.  What is a conflict diamond?As defined by the UN, a conflict diamond is "a diamond that originates from areas control…

When Women Become Rental Property

It was a typical social networking event for me. I was speaking with a gentleman I barely knew about the horrors of human trafficking. Looking back, I realize I could have talked about something lighter at the happy hour, but some days, this work is all-consuming. I remember the way his expression turned and the color drained from his face as I told him about the “seasoning” process used by t…

Leaning In: Taking a Seat at the Table

Empowering Women to Help WomenI'm not an avid reader but I am an idealist. I usually check out books and keep them as long as possible, checking them out three times, before I submit to the realization that I'm not actually going to take the time to read it. Life always seems to get in the way, and sometimes my attention span does too.When I finally began reading “Lean In,” I quickly became frust…

Fashion Revolution Together with Earth Day is a Perfect Fit!

An Unbeatable Combination! Forest Park - Ranked the #1 City Park - USA Today 2016.St. Louis Earth Day Festival - The 2nd largest Earth Day celebration in the U.S.Fashion Revolution - A a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry.Brought together in a display of ethical fashion byMade for Freedom - A St. Louis based,…

Why do we have too few women leaders: Sheryl Sandberg

As part of Made for Freedom's 31 Days of Strength and Dignity we are also showcasing TED talks by powerful women. As the COO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg is one of the biggest role models in the world and an inspiration for women looking to break the glass ceiling. In this famous TED Talk Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their profe…

2017: It's time for a Fashion Revolution

Made for Freedom is proud to participate once more in Fashion Revolution in 2017. To learn more about this incredible movement for ethical and sustainable fashion, that aims to truly change the world, read on. We've highlighted excerpts from Fashion Revolution's Whitepaper. Read more here.On 24 April 2013, over 1,130 people were killed when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dh…