I love how well-written and researched LiisBeth content is. Keep it up! This is good journalism.“
–Reader, LiisBeth’s 2018 Reader Survey
“Feminism is not at all what my impression of it was. I love that its theoretical basis is inclusive, equitable, diverse and rooted in fairness.”
–Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum Participant, 2018
“I loved this article on Feminuity! These are exactly the kinds of articles I love. You bring me your in-depth understanding of all that is new and valuable on the
feminist frontline that I can consume quickly. It helps me understand better the state of feminism today.”
–Astrid Pregel, President of Feminomics Inc., 2020
LiisBeth is a womxn-led and owned indie intersectional-lens centered feminist media enterprise with a global outlook based in Tkaronto (Toronto), Ontario, on the traditional lands of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinabek, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit.
We publish an open-access monthly digital magazine (two-five features) and subscriber only newsletter for feminist entrepreneurs, creators, innovators, leaders and “solutionaries” working to re-imagine the economy and change business culture.” We also co-produce the Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum (EFF) and have recently launched a new membership-based online community space, the Feminist Enterprise Commons, where solutionaries can meet, share and learn.
We make visible the work of the feminist economy. We believe feminist, micro, social economy entrepreneurs, creators and community leaders or all genders, not billionaire-led/governed capitalist-values driven corporations, will lead economic transformation.
We interrogate and publish original, long form stories, videos and photo essays about entrepreneurship, the social economy, innovation, feminim, post capitalism, plus women-identified (trans, gender nonconforming inclusive) entrepreneurs, creators and thought leaders who work to build anti-oppressive, anti-racist, gender-lens informed enterprises and communities.
The trail blazing work feminists found enterprises to advance equity and social justice do is hard. Imperfect. And deserves to be recorded and supported.
The Canadian Digital Publishing Awards #DPA nominated us as a finalist for the 2020 General Excellence in Publishing (Small Publications Category). Winners will be announced May 27th, 2020.
We are in the process of registering as a participatively governed nonprofit (2021). If you are interested in staying abreast of our progress, please sign up to our newsletter here. If you would like to weigh in on our editorial direction, complete the reader survey here. If you want to write for us, click here.
Our Vision: A socially just, post-capitalist economy that centres care, equity, environmental restoration and flourishing for all beings. #feministsforchange
Our Role: Create an innovative, sustainable intersectional, feminist media enterprise that: 1) Makes visible the feminist economy 2) Supports entrepreneurs who work at the intersections of feminism, social justice, and innovation; 3) Publishes researched and fact-checked narratives that stokes our imagination; 4) Ignites critical discourse and learning; 5) Create fair income and professional development opportunities for both experienced and emerging feminist journalists and writers.
- Freelance contributors, journalists, editors creators with stories that have the ability to ignite curiosity, elevate feminist discourse, speak truth to power, and inform.
- Creative, bold, feminist-identified entrepreneurs, community organizers, policymakers, activists, investors, scholars, innovators, and artists of all genders who think beyond binaries, beyond colonization, beyond modern capitalism, beyond linearity, beyond short-term outcomes, and beyond the patriarchy. Over 20 percent of our readers identify as men.
- LiisBethMX community members.
- An ecosystem of supportive, engaged, allied, and aligned organizations, investors, philanthropists, activists, creators, institutional funders and suppliers.
- Once-in-a-while site visitors who are feminist curious and beginning to question the world we live in.
We depend on allied sponsors, paying subscribers and donors to fuel and sustain our work. Our goal is to create a thoughtful engaged diverse community that finds enough value in this space and the idea of womxn-led inquiry into a what a “post capitalist, non-patriarchal, anti-colonial and anti-white supremacist SME-led economy” might look like to financially sustain this work. For more about how we are governed, click here. For our entrepreneur’s manifesto, click here. If you are ready for news and views, sign up to our free newsletter today!
Our To-Do List
- Publish an open-access digital magazine and subscriber-only monthly newsletter. Our original stories, op-eds, and columns aim to inspire, inform, and elevate feminist discourse, plus mobilize and nourish our reader community
- Highlight, strengthen and support the feminist economy
- Speak truth to power—ethically and responsibly
- Produce thought-provoking online meet-ups and offline events
- Co-produce the Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum (EFFS) or similar events.
- Facilitate changemaking by showcasing innovative feminist toolkits, current research, useful frameworks and post capitalist and feminist practice advice
- Show up and advocate for gender and social justice on behalf of our readers at every opportunity
- Create income and development opportunities for feminist editors, journalists, and writers
- Model post-capitalist, non-patriarchal and anti-white supremacist, feminist values, enterprise design and organizational practices in everything we do
- Offer the world a uniquely Canadian perspective on this type of work that is happening all over the globe.
Feminism is a 200-plus-year-old multicultural, multi-national, intergenerational, pluralistic, post capitalist, contextually responsive, social justice–centred movement unified by one purpose: To create an environmentally healthy world without sexism, exploitation, and oppression.
Our space is unequivocally trans and queer-inclusive, anti-racist, intersectional, pro-choice, questioning, brave, compassionate, and safe. Our feminism lives at the intersection of visionary and eco-feminism and is informed by socialist (systems change) and intersectional feminist theory. This means we work to re-imagine capitalism, support climate-change activism, and work to advance environmental justice. The stories we publish are selected for their potential to shift cultural narratives by helping to mainstream new ways of being, creating, and working in the world. We seek and publish stories which draws attention to issues, solutions, and new models which address systems and values that no longer serve people and planet. We work to uphold Indigenous rights.
We acknowledge feminism’s complicated history, all it’s teachers, and the fact that it has evolved significantly since the 1970s. We believe its diversity is it’s strength and is the foundation of its resilience as a movement. We acknowledge the movement has advanced gender equality, albeit unevenly. Not all women are feminists. Not all feminists are women. For a visionary definition of feminism by bell hooks, click here. For a short, new read about contemporary feminism, we recommend Feminism for the 99%. For new ideas about feminism in business, read Feminism: A New Idea for Business and Society by CV Harquail. To learn about Canadian Black feminism, read Theorizing Empowerment: Canadian Perspectivies on Black Feminist Thought, an anthology edited by Notisha Massaquoi and Njoki Wane.
Examples of Entrepreneurial Feminist Changemakers?
Feminist changemakers strive to end gender-based oppression through their entrepreneurial actions. Examples of entrepreneurial feminist organizations in action include Emergent Strategy Institute, Stocksy, Moxie Trades, Her Braids, PowerbitchesGather, Feminist Art Collective, Feminuity, Lunapads (now called Aisle), The White Ribbon Campaign (started by three men), DriveHer, Alinker, Kelly Diels Marketing, Ellevate Network, Allied Media, SheEO, Fresh Collective, Feminists at Work, Don’t You Want Me, Eve-Medical, XXcelerate Fund, HerVolution, Women on the Move, not to mention the many feminist media/press, environmental, health and wellness, art/design, culture-making and bookstore organizations in our respective communities.
Allied Indie Media Souls?
Bitch Media, Yes, Bust, The Broad Side, Adbusters, Herizons, Ms. Magazine, just to name a few. We aim to collaborate with and support the broader growing feminist and social justice–leaning media ecosystem globally.
It’s here! LiisBeth’s Feminist Enterprise Commons, a new membership-based community of practice is now open! Click here to join!
Our Theory of Change
Feminism matters. The $0.5 billion feminist economy is under-recognized and under-supported despite the fact that it leads significant social change. Entrepreneurs and innovators also lead real change. Storytelling is powerful. We need more women-led, women-owned media outlets to rebalance public discourse. It’s not enough to advance womxn in the existing system. We need to engage womxn, especially those that start/lead enterprises, in changing the system so that all can flourish.
Why the Name LiisBeth?
LiisBeth was inspired by Stieg Larsson’s fictional character Lisbeth Salander in the global bestselling Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Lisbeth is a fictional character, but a complex status-quo-challenging total entrepreneurial badass, and ergo an inspiring feminist action hero for many real-world women. Salander fought male and female “oppressors” but also worked to fight the patriarchy, violence against women, racism, classism, fascism, and corruption. We also loved the company culture, activism, and journalistic ethos created by the story’s Millennium magazine.
Toronto Based, Globally Minded
LiisBeth is based in Toronto (population 5.5 million) but we hold and nurture a global perspective. Toronto is one of the world’s top startup cities and it’s heralded as one of the most multicultural cities in the world. At present, Canada has a self-identified feminist government in power.
LiisBeth Media (a project of Eve-Volution Inc.) respectfully acknowledges that we live and operate on the traditional territories of several Indigenous nations, with special recognition to the Mississaugas of the New Credit (in Toronto, Canada). The original nations of Canada continue to cry out for justice. As treaty people, the LiisBeth community commits to listen, learn, and work alongside and in support of all who aim to right the wrongs of the past and present.
We act on this commitment by building meaningful relationships with indigenous entrepreneurship and feminist communities and thought leaders. We read and attend workshops to deepen our understanding of our true history and ways to move forward. We follow and report on Truth and Reconciliation developments when possible. We integrate and celebrate indigenous art and creative works into our own work.
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We work to advance the UN Sustainability Goals 2017 and are following current discussions about the UN Sustainability Goals 2030.