Welcome to the Changemaker’s Market, a curated community of movers and makers, comprised of over 140 women-led businesses entrepreneurs, and artists from all across BC, who have generously donated their goods and services to benefit the BC Women’s Health Foundation.
Changemaker’s Market is live from May 30 to June 12!
The Changemaker’s Market celebrates women-led businesses, entrepreneurs, and artists across the province. This event was born in response to the impact COVID-19 has had on small businesses — BC has the most women-owned small-businesses of any province. They were also the fastest growing before the pandemic. Today, 31 percent of owners think the pandemic might force them to shut down permanently.
From May 30 to June 12, bid, buy, support, connect, and create change. Each woman involved brings a perspective, a story, and a skillset that is uniquely hers. Standing together, it’s a community rooted in generosity, collaboration, and a steadfast commitment to ensuring that small business not only remains intact, but illuminates the very best qualities of resilience and innovative partnership along the way.
We’ve included some tips, graphics, and information about the Changemaker’s Market and the BC Women’s Health Foundation for you to use on your website or social media accounts.
Tips and Ideas
Follow BC Women’s Health Foundation social media accounts.
Tag us in your content and use the hashtag #WeSupportBCWomen
Get creative with your content! Use the images and text we’ve used below or share something about the product or service you are donating to the auction. Ideas include:
- Engage with our content We’ll have content for you to engage in and IG Lives showcasing members of the Changemaker’s Market community. We hope you engage and share with your followers.
- Friday, May 29 – Pre-promotion of Changemaker’s Market
- Saturday, May 30 – Changemaker’s Market is live
- Wednesday, June 10, 7 pm – Guided meditation led by Farzana Jaffer Jeraj on Instagram Live
- Friday, June 12, 12:30 pm – Instagram Live featuring Laura Melling of Laura Melling Studio and Sarah Clark, Director of Strategic Partnerships with BC Women’s Health Foundation
- Engage with each other We’re going from “how’re you holding up” to “who are you holding up” — follow and support other movers and makers that are participating in Changemaker’s Market
- Share your story Share an Instagram story about why you decided to get involved with the Changemaker’s Market or what your unique mission is with your products and services.
- Educate your followers Inform your followers on the importance of women’s health. We’ve included some facts for you below.
Changemaker’s Market Details
- You’re invited to the Changemaker’s Market. Each and every item or service has been generously donated by a woman-owned business or artist from BC. You can bid on products and services with all proceeds benefiting the BC Women’s Health Foundation and our mission of healthy women everywhere, capable of anything.
- The Changemaker’s Market is live from May 30 to June 12.
- Auction website is bcwomensfoundation.org/changemakers
- This event was born in response to the impact COVID-19 has had on small businesses — BC has the most women-owned small-businesses of any province. They were also the fastest growing before the pandemic. Today, 31 percent of owners think the pandemic might force them to shut down permanently.
- Proceeds of the auction will support the BC Women’s Health Foundation and the goal of healthy women everywhere, capable of anything.
- Women are community creators, and their success is vital for vibrant, thriving and healthy communities. Through Changemakers Market, you are helping us create a collaborative of women using their talents to support the full spectrum of women’s health.
Facts about women’s health
- Historically, women’s health has been treated according to men’s health research findings, often leading to misdiagnoses.
- With a lack of research funding for women’s health, doctors are unequipped to understand the unique needs of women’s bodies.
- 50–75% of adverse drug reactions are experienced by women.
- 70% of patients with “medically unexplained symptoms” are women.
- Doctors are more likely to diagnose women’s pain as psychological, are less likely to admit women for testing, and are inclined to give women less pain medication than men.
- The prevalence of mental health issues during reproductive life stages adds to the complexity of care for women. Yet most mental health therapy is based on the male experience.
The BC Women’s Health Foundation works hard to ensure that women at all ages and life stages have equitable access to healthcare, getting the Foundation closer to reaching their vision of healthy women everywhere, capable of anything.
Information about the BC Women’s Health Foundation
- BC Women’s Health Foundation is dedicated to advancing the full spectrum of women’s health in BC so that all women, across all life stages, have equitable access to the highest quality healthcare when, where and how they need it.
- When the BC Women’s Health Foundation looks to the future, they see a world in which women are seen, heard, and understood by the healthcare system. Stronger with their supporters, they improve the quality of life and potential of all women and strive to close the health gap to unleash the untapped potential of over half the population.
- The BC Women’s Health Foundation facilitates discussion to help women understand how their bodies are different, how to advocate for themselves, and how to navigate the healthcare system.