Hey, local friends, want to help end modern-day slavery by wearing dresses?
Dressember is a collaborative movement leveraging fashion and creativity to restore dignity to all women. In just the past three years, thousands of women have raised more than $1.5 million to end human trafficking—I participated for the first time last year; this year, you can help me bring this movement to Pittsburgh!
Started by Blythe Hill in 2009, Dressember began as a quirky style challenge with a clever name that spread like wildfire. In 2013, it took on new meaning, opposing the worldwide trafficking and exploitation of women by aligning with International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that works to rescue victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. In 2015, Dressember added a second grant partner: A21, which exists to abolish modern-day slavery in the 21st century.
When you participate in Dressember, you become an advocate for freedom and dignity as well as a voice for the millions of voiceless women, children, and men around the world who are enslaved. How? You commit to wearing a dress every day in December, telling people about it on social media, and sharing your personal fundraising page. That’s it!
Responses to common objections:
No, you do not have to own a ton of dresses to participate. The founder originally wore the same dress all month and just paired it with different accessories. I’m probably going to rotate three or four dresses.
Yes, it’s okay to wear your uniform, scrubs, etc. to work, and no, you don’t have to wear a dress when you work out or go to bed. When you have a choice of what to wear, wear the dress.
Yes, you can wear leggings under your dress when it gets cold.
No, skirts don’t count unless you wear them over your dress.
Yes, it’s fun. And easy.
Ready to sign up? Here’s what you do:
1. Join Dressember Pittsburgh.
Visit support.dressemberfoundation.org/pittsburgh and click on “Join Team.”
2. Set your fundraising goal.
You could start off at $50 or $100, but why go small? Last year was my first year, and I set a goal of $500. I raised $750! This year I’m going for $1,000, because why not?
3. Choose your personal url.
This is where you direct your supporters so choose something they’ll recognize, like your name: support.dressemberfoundation.org/yourname
4. Change the world.
5. Win prizes!
The first three people to join Dressember Pittsburgh will receive an official Dressember pin! Everyone who signs up and raises at least $50 will be entered to win a Noonday Collection necklace! Plus Dressember does giveaways and offers prizes to the top fundraising teams! So yay!
Questions? Contact me or visit dressember.org/faq for answers.
Finally, share away on social media! Feel free to share links to this blog post as well as the team page to encourage your friends to join you. Every time you post, use #dressemberpgh and #itsbiggerthanadress, and feel free to check out my Instagram feed from last December for inspiration. You certainly don’t have to post every day; it was my way of staying on track, and my tiny group of fans really liked following along.
Can’t wait to do this with you!