From the first female athlete to join the Canadian junior football team to the first hijab-wearing national TV news host in Canada, women continue to break barriers. In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8, we’re celebrating brands with women at the helm who inspire and empower. Here are just a few of the female-led companies you can shop for.

The beauty trailblazers

The beauty industry has come a long way, thanks to female founders who are championing diversity and inclusivity. Take Rihanna, who launched Fenty Beauty’s game-changing foundation in 40 shades and challenged other brands to cater to more skin tones. Other brands like Huda Beauty and Pat McGrath Labs are also dedicated to creating beauty products that work for everyone.

SHOP THE BEAUTY BRANDS THAT ARE STRIVING FOR LASTING CHANGE

SHOP Glow RecipeHuda BeautyFenty BeautyCharlotte TilburyPat McGrath Labs

The sustainability champions

When it comes to environmental sustainability, female-founded brands are innovating and creating products that promote an eco-conscious lifestyle. Think reusable containers by Stasher and water bottles by S’well that eliminate the need for single-use plastics that end up in our oceans and landfills. Not only do they help reduce your carbon footprint, and they’re also pretty stylish.

SHOP THE ECO-CONSCIOUS BRANDS THAT HELP YOU MAKE SUSTAINABLE SWAPS