On This Day in 1948

On September 13, 1948 Margaret Chase Smith was elected a United States senator, and becomes the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate. She served over eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives and was the sole woman Senator during her 24 years in the Senate.

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In her famous speech “Declaration of Conscience”, which was an opposition of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s intense persecution of anyone suspected to have communist links or thoughts, Smith said in part, “Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism—The right to criticize; The right to hold unpopular beliefs; The right to protest; The right of independent thought. The exercise of these rights should not cost one single American citizen his reputation or his right to a livelihood nor should he be in danger of losing his reputation or livelihood merely because he happens to know some one who holds unpopular beliefs.”

In short, she was arguing that McCarthy and his followers were infringing on the very foundation America was built on: freedom. Smith was encouraging people to have their own opinions and to welcome others who opinions differ from theirs. She stood up for those who were oppressed, just like we do at Jo’el Worldwear. Until the very end, Margaret, although she was a registered Republican, voted with her heart over her party beliefs.

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We work with companies and artisans who are oppressed or have been oppressed, in hopes of helping them move towards a better and brighter future. Here are a few:

Radiant Hope Jewelry is created in safe houses and outreach centers in the Middle East.  The women here employed are now able to escape forced prostitution, gendercide, persecution, and war.  Trafficked and sold into prostitution, they are finally finding a way out. We sell the Abolitionist Necklace in our shop, which symbolizes the 27 Million people that have been trafficked to date.

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Deux Mains is an employee-owned and operated footwear company in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The company was born from the disaster of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.  The employee-owners survived in her wake by learning the art of shoemaking, determined to rebuild our lives. We sell the Bel Nanm sandals in our shop!

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Nahui Ollin designer Olga Abadi discovered the ancient Mayan technique of binding everyday materials into handbags at a cultural festival in Mexico. She realized that this process not only prevents the emission of harmful chemicals into our atmosphere by recycling, but also allows for the design of unique materials now classified as eco-fashion. The sale of every Nahui Ollin item helps support local artisans who rely on this trade to care for their land and their families! Check out our entire selection of Nahui Ollin in our shop!

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Please visit us at joelworldwear.com, or at our shop located at 3510 W bay to Bay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629, for these and more ethical fashion and accessories!

Much Love,

Olivia Dicandio

Sales and Marketing Manager

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