These Ethical Feminist T-Shirts Are Fun and Fierce AF

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Wear your heart on your sleeve!

It’s great when a T-shirt’s slogan makes you feel proud to be a feminist, but the company, materials and labour behind the T-shirt matter too. These ethical tees weren’t made in sweatshops. Good.

This selection of feminist T-shirts only features brands who credit their original designs and explicitly say they ethically source their materials and labour. Most of these brands are women-owned, and a number of them actively support gender equality by donating a percentage of their proceeds to organisations and charities making a difference.

These tees are a joyous way to recharge your spirit and your spring wardrobe at the same time…

Don’t Tell Me To Smile Bear

Designed by SarahDuyer

feminist tshirt don't tell me to smile

Nothing’s more likely to get you in growl-mode than someone telling you to smile, possibly followed up with an unwelcome “cheer up love, it might never happen”. Bears don’t tolerate street harassment. They’ve got no time for it. Neither do you.

This design was printed on an American union-made 100% cotton tee.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-damental Human Rights

Designed by Zara Yow

girls just wanna have fundamental rights

Feminist Apparel is one of the most well-known sources for feminist t-shirts out there. We were wary to include them, because in 2014 they were called out for their business model. It appeared that their (uncredited) designs were achingly familiar to the work of artists on Tumblr. The owner, a man, did invite a range of diverse women to sit in the board, but this was felt to be tokenism.

We will currently include Feminist Apparel on the grounds that the featured designers do now seem to be getting proper credit for their work. Problematic business models can evolve over time, and we don’t want to reduce visibility for feminist designers today based on a company’s past failings.

Cats Over Catcalls

Designed by Femininitees

feminist tshirt cats over catcalls

Cats are so over catcalls. They were never into them in the first place. They want to be left alone to do their thing, whether it’s demanding food or plotting the downfall of humanity or sleeping 26/7 (yes, they found more hours in the day for sleeping time. That’s why they’re superior in every way).

Check out their hilarious about page and you’ll discover Femininitees is a brand created by two women who like swearing, keeping warm and bringing attention to gender inequality. All the tees in their impressive range are embroidered – you’ll find no screen prints here! In addition, a portion of all proceeds is donated to the National Organization for Women (NOW).

Women in Music

Designed by Otherwild

feminist tshirt women in music

Women have always used music as a means to be heard, and this fabulous design by Stefanie Boyd-Berks ensures you’ll be covered by some of the greats. She’s done another brilliant design for women artists, too – oh, it was so hard to choose? Art or music? Tough call…

Otherwild is a deeply radical store in LA that ships internationally and takes every care to ensure its supply chain is ethically sourced, from bright idea right through to your bedroom wardrobe.

Taurus Top

Designed by Cass for Gravel & Gold

feminist boobs tshirt

If someone really wants to stare at your boobs, give them so many boobs they don’t quite know where. Bouncy, dangly, shaking their booby thing… this top is an absolute delight. Is it just us, or is it also surprisingly smart and work-friendly? Maybe it depends on where you work…

This tee is printed on super-soft 100% cotton, created by women-owned San Francisco indie design collective Gravel & Gold.

I Will Rescue Myself, Thanks

Designed by UglyBaby

feminist tshirt i will rescue myself

Anyone who’s more than a bit miffed at heroic princes in fairytales and spent half of Game of Thrones biting their knuckles will get the glory of this T-shirt. UglyBaby use Bella & Canvas tees which are American-made and 100% sweatshop-free.

Still I Rise

Designed by Birdsong

still i rise

Is there anyone who doesn’t love Birdsong? They’re a fabulous brand that works closely with women’s organisations and charities to create clothing that makes you feel good on the inside as well as the outside.

This limited edition “Still I Rise” embroidered tee is a tribute to Maya Angelou, but it’s more than just words on a bit of organic ethically-made cotton. Each t-shirt is embroidered by Mona and her sewing community on a housing estate in London’s Tower Hamlets. Money from the sale of this tees goes to Mona’s sewing lessons for women from low income backgrounds and people with disabilities. Order quickly to avoid disappointment, songbirds.

Wild Feminist

Designed by Wildfang

Say it with flowers, because flowers are all about beautiful growth. They can and will grow anywhere, even in the cracks. Flowers are unstoppable. Flowers are positive and strong. Just like feminism.

Wildfang describe themselves as a bunch of “modern-day female Robin Hoods raiding men’s closets”. They specialise in gender-neutral clothing – and a portion of the sale of each of these floral feminist tees goes to The Malala Fund.

Feminist expressions on a T-shirt can recharge the soul. They can lift your heart when you’re grabbing something to wear from your laundry basket (okay, your floor). Sometimes they can help you fly your flag that bit higher.

But feminist fashion need not stop at the superficial.

In the words of “Stitched Up” author Tansy Hoskins, “feminism is not just a word that can be printed on a t-shirt. It’s a set of beliefs, and it’s actions behind those beliefs”.

You can make what you wear – and do – count, one T-shirt and one action at a time.

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