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Meet Sarah Gottesdiener of Modern Women

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Gottesdiener.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sarah. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’m an artist, a designer, writer, tarot reader, and proprietor of Modern Women, an intersectional feminist apparel company. I’ve been working for myself for the last 7 years. I love what I do. I create work for queer folks, for women, for trans folks and for BIPOC. Inspiration, support, and creative expression are my driving motivations.

Has it been a smooth road?
It is very challenging working for yourself if you aren’t a trust funder. I had no money and was just trying to survive. The first couple of years of my business were very difficult.

However, I do have white privilege, as well as able-bodied privilege, and cis privilege. That gave me much of my success. I found that I got a lot of success as well when I started doing what I loved truly, not what I thought other people wanted me to do.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My business is a mix of lots of different things. I design work for clients. I run an apparel/accessories company, selling products of my original design. I write about metaphysical subjects. And I offer support to people through my intuitive tarot readings.

I’m most proud of the way I run my business. I pay people who work with me well, I give over 15% of my earnings to grassroots orgs and non-profits. For example, this year, I’ve donated over $17,000 to organizations such as Black Lives Matter, Critical Resistance, The NAACP, The Transgender Suicide Hotline, the Downtown Women’s Center, Planned Parenthood, and many, many more.

I think what sets me apart from others is that I’m real. I do things because I think they are needed and important, not because it is a trend. I’ve literally been making and selling feminist art and designs since 2007. I turn down opportunities all the time because they are not aligned with my values as a feminist, anti-capitalist, queer. I also think a high level of thoughtfulness sets me apart. Everything I create is unique and original.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
This city is hard for businesses. It is really competitive and it takes a really long time to connect and create real relationships. However, the city made me work ten times harder and focus on what I wanted, and that is what led to my success, partially.

The city can improve by not taxing small businesses so much!

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