International Women’s Day is taking place on Monday March 8, 2021. There are so many wonderful women making a difference in society today. Here are just some of the many amazing and innovative vegan entrepreneurs worthy of applause.
Adyre Mason is a vegan, chef, and owner of The Veggie, a vegan cafe and meal prep package service. She is a University of Alabama and George Washington University alum. When her mother passed away in 2017, she decided to leave her job as a systems engineer and pursue her dream of entering the food industry, becoming a chef. She makes vegan comfort food and honors her mother by providing a veganized version of her mother’s traditional comfort food. She currently sells a variety of delicious foods at her cafe in Alabama as well as meal prep packages and food delivery online. Her vegan cinnamon rolls are available nationwide. You can learn more about her and her amazing business via her company website and Instagram.
Jill Pyle co-founded Vegan Cuts back in 2011 and made it one of the best-known vegan subscription boxes. As of 2015, Pyle is the CEO and Co-founder of Goddess Provisions, a monthly subscription box, online shop and community. Goddess Provisions provisions were created to provide tools to help women connect with their divine feminine and grow their spiritual practice. Their monthly subscription boxes include 5–7 products varying from crystals, ritual tools, natural beauty products, teas, crystals, books, and much more. All of their items are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Goddess Provisions subscription boxes are available worldwide. You can learn more about Goddess Provisions via their company website and Instagram.
Angela Lee is a philanthropist and the Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of Angela Roi, a PETA-certified vegan and cruelty-free fashion brand. “Our philosophy is to love people and love animals. To make earth a happier place to live, we have to love and protect them. Based on the philosophy, we practice ethical manufacturing—no child labor and fair work environment for factory workers—and use vegan materials—no animal killing— to make great fashion,” she told Forbes, alongside her co-founder and husband Roi Lee. The couple met each other and founded the brand while still attending college, and ended up leaving to pursue their passion full-time.
Angela Roi creates accessories with ethical materials at approachable prices. That translates to handbags, totes, cross-bodies, shoulder bags, satchels, purse straps, and home good accessories in Millennial-friendly dusty rose, dove gray, teal, black, and powder blue, carefully made in small, artisanal workshops in Korea. $5 from the sale of each bag is donated to a particular charity partner. You can purchase their products on their company website and learn more on their Instagram.
Polly and Margo Gaza
Polly and Margo Gaza are a mother-daughter duo owning and operating Chicago Raw, a raw-vegan health-food restaurant with two locations in Chicago. I have visited one of their locations before and their food is absolutely delicious. If you have a chance to visit, you have to try their Coco Macs Loco smoothie and raw carrot muffin. For more details check out their website and Instagram.
Recognized as a “Vegan Revolutionary” by the United Nations at its Future of the Women global initiave, Miyoko Schinner is the vegan founder and CEO of Miyoko’s Creamery. The artisanal vegan dairy company (a certified B corporation) produces plant butter, cheddar, pepper jack, cream cheese, and much more. One of our favorite quotes by Miyoko is: “Making food from animal milk is like making energy from fossil fuel.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! The environmentalist and animal advocate also has founded Rancho Compasion, a farm sanctuary in California, to change people’s perception that animals are “food.”
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