Fast fashion is a feminist issue.
Women make up 80% of the garment industry workforce, and the sad reality is that they do not receive a fair living wage and struggle below the poverty line, despite the fact the global apparel market is valued at 3 trillion dollars.
Feminism means different things to different people, whether you care about the gender pay gap, inequality, women's right to choose, or all of the above, there are so many facets to this cause. Given the current political climate, whatever the driver, more Women and Men (hurray He For She) are declaring themselves feminists and fighting for what's right. Slogan Tees have taken on a life of their own as a message of solidarity but the irony is that the production of cheap tees often involves the exploitation of female labour. It also begs the bigger question: can you be a feminist and buy fast-fashion? It's an inconvenient truth but one too important to overlook.
The tee I'm wearing above is from Sezane, made in Portugal under the EU's regulations and 100% of proceeds went to the UN Women's Rights Organisations. La Femme has never had more meaning.