05 Mar Celebrating International Women’s Day with Babes Support Babes and Kendra Scott
When you think of women supporting women, what does that look like to you? Is it supporting their business by shopping and sharing? Is it getting involved with organizations that support women’s education, protection, and assistance for basic needs or involvement in the advancement of women’s growth in life and business? Support can look different for everyone, but there is one common denominator, community. When we rally together to uplift each other, we can achieve so much more! The premise behind International Women’s Day is not just to celebrate women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements, but the day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Organizations and groups around the world come together to celebrate but also to create awareness on issues that affect women from all walks of life.
In comes Babes Support Babes, a female-founded group based in Texas that creates a transformational community for women to develop authentic connections that empower them to grow in life and business. What started as a market for hand-made goods has turned into a full-blown community that promotes community over competition. They host pop-ups, workshops, and social events that empower female makers and women in search of building connections while discovering their strengths and upholding their values close to them. We sat down with BSB Founder, Christine Brinkman, to learn more about the BSB community and how they’re celebrating International Women’s Day this coming March 8th.
SLTV: Hi Christine! It’s such a pleasure to finally meet you! I’ve been following BSB for some time and your events always look like such a great time! Tell us about Babes Support Babes. How did you start it?
CB: Yes, it is! So, Babes Support Babes started as a crazy dream I had in my head about women coming together. 3 years ago I was a handmade maker and I was sewing in the wee hours of the night, when my kids were sleeping. I felt that women makers were just really alone and we didn’t have a community for that. There were some handmade markets where women would attend and sell their items, but that was it. You would set up, later close up and leave. There was no interaction between us and I really felt that we needed something more. Sometimes makers have questions, and we might feel nervous about asking because the world can feel very cutthroat and competitive, so it can be intimidating. So, I thought of something crazy and said “Let’s host a market that’s more than just selling items, I want to establish a Handmade Maker’s Community.” and Babes Support Babes was born. Since then, 2018, we’ve had many events, pop-up markets, and such.
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SLTV: I love that! So, you work with women that are in business, whether it’s starting out or established?
CB: Yes, we’re kind of split down the middle. We have women who are Bosses and creatives and on the other hand, we have women in search of community and friendships. We’re that friend that gonna listen to your hopes and dreams and say “I can totally see you doing that! Now, what’s the next step to make this happen? What can I do to support and encourage you?”
SLTV: It is great that you found that gap and fulfilled a need to not just support female creators, but build an unexpected career path for yourself. How has COVID affected your business and how have you shifted to accommodate the new normal in times of a Pandemic
CB: We’ve definitely had to shift because of COVID, and now we’re pivoting at BSB. Though we’re still focused on Handmade Markets, we’re now launching a membership to help women in business through a transformational community through peer-to-peer leadership and finding ways to grow, not just in business but also personally. With the membership, it’s the way for BSB to branch out. We were doing markets and those are great, but we really want to be even more a part of these women’s lives.
SLTV: Fantastic! I’m sure many women will be drawn to BSB with this shift. Let’s talk about your upcoming International Women’s Day event at Kendra Scott. You’re hosting in-person and virtually?
CB: Kendra Scott has been such a wonderful friend to us and her story resonates so much to many of our handmade makers in our community. She started in a bedroom and take her little box of handmade jewelry to different shops and say “Would you want to sell this?” and that’s how a lot of the ladies in our community are starting out, as well. Kendra is like that big sis that inspires us every day. So, to be able to have this opportunity to host International Women’s Day at Kendra Scott here in San Antonio is so wonderful! I also wanted to give back for this occasion, so we’re partnering with For Her, which is a nonprofit that helps women at high risk of sexual exploitation. We’re hosting in-person, but we’re being mindful and loving to all so we’re promoting the use of face-masks for the in-person event and we’re also going live on social media for those who are unable or not yet ready to come out to socialize. At BSB, we encourage not just with our words, but also with our actions. We want it to be fun, but also safe.
SLTV: Thank you for doing that, Christine. We are in full support of this decision and I love that you are being considerate of everyone by encouraging the use of masks, regardless of the mandate being lifted in Texas. So, what message would you like to share in honor of International Women’s Day?
CB: I just keep going back to the message of “We are better together”! I know that for myself, at one point I tried to do everything in isolation and it was very hard. With all the beautiful dreams I had, the moment I started stepping into the community, they allowed me to be bold and bright and speak out my dreams into existence while they held my hand. They continue to encourage me and hold me accountable to show up, as well. With BSB, when we talk about transformational community, it’s mind, body, and soul. We want you to thrive in all aspects of life and even strongly encourage mental health support. If I wasn’t part of a community, I don’t think I’d have the courage to even seek counseling when I needed it. So, things like that are very important to us. We are so much better together and we can truly thrive with the support of our fellow women.