Some designers were reluctant to address the reversal of Rowe vs. Wade, but Tori Birch was not one of them. As a vocal supporter of women’s rights, the business mogul reacted first to the news. In a letter posted on Instagram, Burch wrote, “I am outraged by the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss Rowe v. Wade, depriving women of their constitutional right to make safe, informed choices about their own bodies.” “This decision was a huge step backwards for women, but we are discouraged and know we need to do more now than ever before. I believe in a world where women are free to make the right choices for them – and not be punished for that.” Preferences. ”
Birch goes one step further and shares how his business is working to protect reproductive rights. “We are reviewing our benefit plans so that there are no barriers to abortion access and reproductive care that workers must travel outside of their state,” she wrote.
As a child, Burch was first introduced to the concept of women’s empowerment by his mother. “My mother taught me a very simple and basic truth: women are capable of anything,” Birch told Popsuger via email. The fashion designer implemented that policy with the launch of the Tory Birch Foundation in 2009, making it a goal to make women entrepreneurs champions. “I realized that the barriers they face: access to capital, limited child care assistance, stereotypes and bias, I can continue. I wanted to address these issues to help other women follow their dreams.”
Through the organization, Birch has not only financed a number of women-owned businesses, but has also facilitated strong communication between women. The recent Embrace Ambitions Summit on June 14 was a clear example, focusing on women’s issues, including systematic racism, prison reform, abortion rights, mental health, and gun violence.
“I believe in a world where women are free to make the right choices for them – and will not be punished for those choices.”
While she acknowledges that progress is being made toward greater representation for women in business, Birch stressed that we still have a long way to go. “Companies need to be accountable, but it’s not just for representation – women are an incredible investment,” she says. “They think differently from men; they are visionary, collaborative and bring unique decision-making skills. Simply put, women are good for business.”
After the Embrace Ambitions Summit, the designer talks more about her foundation’s mission with POPSUGAR, the women who have shaped her career, and her advice for young women entrepreneurs.