45 local businesses have banded together to create the Babes in Business map, a shopping roadmap of women-owned small businesses throughout New Orleans.
Spearheaded by Glitter Box, a Royal Street boutique that sells crafts, clothing and accessories made exclusively by women entrepreneurs, the Babes in Business map helps shoppers find everything from rhinestone-fringed fanny packs to apothecary remedies.
Glitter Box Curator Alice McGillicuddy initiated the Babes in Business map to support fellow women entrepreneurs throughout New Orleans. https://www.glitterboxno.com/babes-in-business-map/
“Women entrepreneurs face many challenges that our male counterparts do not,” says McGillicuddy. According to a report called “Tackling The Gender Gap: What Women Entrepreneurs Need to Thrive,” women are starting more business year after year but their businesses do not appear to grow as quickly as men-led companies.
Babes in Business seeks to change that.
Spotlighting business from Mid-City to the Marigny, Treme to Algiers Point, Babes in Business is just one-way that Glitter Box seeks to advance the local women.
Each month, Glitter Box donates a percentage of profits to organizations that help women thrive in both their business and personal lives. This month’s non-profit recipient is Women with a Vision, which addresses a variety of social conditions that effect women’s mental and physical health.
And last month, Glitter Box conducted on-site voter registration to more easily engage women in the electoral process.
As the saying goes, “A rising tide lifts all boats,” says McGillicuddy.
About Glitter Box
Glitter Box is a shop space run for and by womxn in the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA. By showcasing artists and makers, hosting workshops, and supporting social justice groups, Glitter Box aims to be a space for celebration and community action. We use an inclusive definition of “womxn” including trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are femme-identified. 10% of all sales benefit nonprofits which seek to promote the education and empowerment of womxn in New Orleans and beyond thanks to the generosity of the Heymann Foundation. Website: https://www.glitterboxno.com/