You know the feeling. The one you get after spending massive amounts of money on thoughtless gifts you bought in a holiday shopping frenzy…oops. Try something a bit more meaningful this year, and donate to some lady loving causes. Here at BUST we are suckers for girl empowerment. So my present to feminists (and those wanting to impress them) is this collection of inspiring organizations benefiting women and girls.


Room to Read focuses on gender equality and literacy while educating children throughout Africa and Asia.




'Tis the season to buy Barbies and iPhones. Room to Read reminds us that children around the world are in need of a much more significant gift. Room to Read works directly with community members and local educators in ten developing Asian and African countries to raise literacy rates. They also publish the books to put on the shelves, build the shelves to put on the walls, and construct the walls to put in the town to form the foundation of education. Your donations will be matched for the holiday and provide girls with the encouragement and means needed to end global poverty.


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Providing invaluable resources every step of the way, Sanctuary for Families serves as a refuge for domestic violence and sex trafficking survivors and their children in New York City.


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Escaping an abusive relationship is not what we see in the movies; it is more than a quick breaking point followed by picking up the crying kids and running. There is a range of agonizing emotions that require individual and family counseling, complicated legal matters and actions, and financial struggle. Housing, legal services, counseling for children, and economic empowerment programs are just a fraction of what Sanctuary for Families offers in order to save the lives of thousands of women every year. By donating, you will help them and their children have a joyous holiday season. 


Girls Write Now connects inner city girls of all ages with knowledge, encouragement, and experience in order to live a confident and creative life.



The dream of becoming a writer can be daunting and seem nearly impossible without people who understand, teach, and inspire you from an early age. This is the case for many girls who experience limited educational resources due to their race, gender, and/or poverty level. Girls Write Now serves as a unique opportunity for creative growth to women of all ages through their professional mentor program, workshops, readings, and annual literary journal.

All girls deserve to be heard and have impact, and Girls Write Now offers programs in digital media, college preparation and therapy in order to increase knowledge and self-awareness. Donations are always needed to continue the cycle of confidence, allowing girls the ability to observe and create the world around them.


Girls Write Now founder Maya Nussbaum (left), receives the President’s Committee award on behalf of the organization.

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Cambodia native Somaly Mam was sold into sex slavery at a young age. After her escape, she devoted her life to the rescue of enslaved girls in Southeast Asia and providing the support needed for recovery. Somaly Mam Foundation brings large-scale awareness to the urgent need to end human trafficking.


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The Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF) brings to the forefront something that most of us are not thinking about while feeling overwhelmed by the holidays: sex slavery. At SMF, days and dollars are spent envisioning a world where girls are not only free from slavery, but living an independent and empowered life. Outreach and shelters are the core of change and you can contribute to the mission by donating.

Still can’t resist the urge to shop? Support the Somaly Mam Foundation by purchasing survivor made (and gorgeous) clothing, accessories, and books from The Empowerment Store.

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