Last week was tough. The election results put a spotlight on a lot of the issues in our country that many of us blissfully tried to ignore, living in progressive cities, surrounded by people with the same ideals as us. As it became clear who was going to become President, tears began rolling down my cheeks. As a woman of color, survivor of sexual assault, daughter of immigrants, with LGBTQ family members and close friends who are black, Muslim, Mexican… I was scared, but mostly sad. Sad that a woman who worked her entire life for this job lost to a man whose entire campaign was fueled by hate. Sad that a man who had multiple accounts of sexual harassment was chosen as a representative and leader of our country. I was numb and listless for days afterwards, trying to process what the future might look like, but I eventually came to a place where I saw this as an opportunity. An opportunity for us to unite and fight for the things we believe in, have our voices heard, and make an impactful change. We have been complacent for too long, thinking and hoping other people would fight the good fight for us and that somehow we would all progress as a society. I’m realizing more and more that that isn’t going to happen if we don’t all participate. Speak out, volunteer, organize, fundraise, donate, educate, protest… we all have to stand up for the things we believe in with actions. I firmly believe that it will be the sum of all of those actions that will move us forward.
Founding Strita DTLA was largely motivated by wanting to create a brand that empowered women to embrace their sexuality. Throughout this journey, we have become more and more aware of the overwhelming presence of sexual assault and its impact on not only individuals, but on society as a whole. We are pledging to donate a portion of the proceeds from our Dupont bodysuits to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) in solidarity with #PANTSUITNATION.