I'm not sure if anyone still has my poor, abandoned little blog on their RSS feed, but in case you do (or on the off chance this comes up in someone's google search results), I wanted to give an update on Dressember. For four years now, I've been wearing a dress every day in December, continuing the personal style challenge that I began in 2009. What began as a quirky idea with a pun-y name quickly snowballed and became something bigger than me. I've been so amazed and humbled by the experience of seeing this little idea grow up and have the ability to impact the world.
Last June, after months of planning, I trademarked Dressember. Last Fall, I began contacting some great folks at International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that works to rescue victims of human trafficking, slavery, and violent oppression. After over a year of dreaming, I aligned Dressember with IJM, hoping to add a new layer of meaning to the movement:
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I created a website here, a facebook page here, and a Twitter account here. I created a USA campaign and a Canada campaign, setting fundraising goals of $25K and $15K, respectively. The positive response from the public, from IJM, and from preexisting Dressember participants has been overwhelming. As of today, five days in, we've passed our US goal, at $36,000 raised (I've reset the goal to 100K, after polling participants on FB), and we're over halfway to our Canada goal, at $8K.
I am thrilled, amazed, humbled. The community of women that has grown through this campaign is composed of some of the most encouraging, vibrant, strong women I've ever come in contact with. I feel honored to be a part of this group of people, and humbled to lead them in impacting global change.
I have been posting my daily photos to Facebook and instagram (@dressember), and will post on a weekly basis here.
Learn more about IJM here. Sign up here. Ask questions here.