About

Your source for
perspectives on
entrepreneurial feminism

What is LiisBeth?

LiisBeth is the home and voice of entrepreneurial feminism and feminist entrepreneurs worldwide. Entrepreneurial feminists are people (of all genders) who strive to integrate and practice feminist principles, pedagogy, values into their innovation and entrepreneurship work.

We are committed to this space being trans and queer inclusive, anti-racist, intersectional, brave, and safe. We welcome all allies.

Our editorial voice appeals to supporters of magazines like Bitch MediaYes, Herizons, Bust,  The Broad Side, Adbusters, and Fast Company. Our vision is to become the Bitch magazine of the feminist entrepreneurship space. We work hard to create value for our community, and work hard to support the growing feminist press ecosystem.

In April 2017, we were nominated as a finalist for a Canadian Digital Publishing Award-Best Small Publication category.

What We Offer?

Quality Content. Measurable Impact.  Deep Learning. Community. Status-quo resistance companionship. Paid gigs for creators. Plus a convenient one-stop shop for best practice tools and methods for designing and operating a feminist-values led venture.

We do this by offering an open-access online magazine, monthly newsletter, and in real life salons and workshops.  In other words, a lot!

How Are We Different?

We are the world’s only dedicated voice and advocacy organization for the entrepreneurial feminist movement.  We believe gender literacy is today’s new required leadership skill, and that feminist theory is the new “management science” for our time. We are a top-tier certified B-Corp.

Not Sure if you are a Feminist Entrepreneur or Entrepreneurial Feminist?

Entrepreneurial feminism, developed from social feminism, is a theory that explains how feminist values are enacted through the venture creation process to improve the position of women and gender/sexual minorities in society. Coined by Barbara Orser and Catherine Elliott, feminist entrepreneurship is viewed as a mechanism to create economic self-sufficiency and equity-based outcomes women, girls and other gender-oppressed communities. Entrepreneurial feminists enter commercial markets to create wealth and social change, based on the ethics of cooperation, equality, and mutual respect. Examples include Lunapads, The Safety Pin Box, and SheEO.

What Do Feminist Entrepreneurs Care About?

There is no “one” feminism, and therefore, there is no definitive list but the research demonstrates that there are a common set of core values, concerns, and worldviews which generally inform feminist enterprise design and strategy. These include:

  • The value of the feminine;
  • Recognition of personal experience (the personal is entrepreneurial);
  • Acknowledgement of the role intersectionality plays in peoples lived experiences;
  • Dedication to advancing gender justice;
  • Attention to use of inclusive language and practices, internally and externally;
  • Willingness to experiment with alternative organizational governance, ownership and investment models;
  • Values the common good over short-term thinking and rugged, individualism;
  • Recognition of and respect for mutuality, relationships, allies, linkages, and interdependencies;
  • Generosity;
  • Taking action to create systems change;
  • Peace over conflict.

Our Business Model

We are an incorporated for profit social enterprise which means we are free to advocate politically (Charities and nonprofits are not allowed to be political in Canada). It also means we must sustain ourselves financially by providing a voice and suite of services people are willing to pay for. As a B Corporation, the majority of future net surplus (profits) must be reinvested in our social mission. People, planet and economic fairness are also incorporated into our bylaws.

At present our operating revenues stem primarily from donations ranging from $3/month to $10/month, plus a lot of in-kind capital-and yes, generosity.

Coming Soon! LiisBeth’s Cantina, a new membership-based community of practice portal in early 2018.

As a feminist venture ourselves, we pay our contributors, illustrators, and editors fair and gender-equitable rates to provide you with authoritative content. No one should work for free-reciprocity and fair remuneration matters.  If are providing you with value, and you believe in paying creators for their work, we invite you to: Sign up. Subscribe. Contribute.

Our Why

The world is in crisis and unbalanced socially, politically and environmentally. Entrepreneurs of all genders can help to change this.  Yet, women and gender minority entrepreneurs remain under-supported and face gender bias which prevents them from realizing their enterprise’s full potential.  This needs to change. In addition, gendered innovation is an undervalued opportunity. We believe the prevailing neoliberal and venture capital led definition of value creation, entrepreneurial success, culture and its mostly masculine dominant methodologies needs a shake-up (a.k.a disruption).

Our Theory of Change

Storytelling, community, agency, and independent media, when focused combined accelerates social change.

Why the Name LiisBeth?

LiisBeth was inspired by Stieg Larsson’s fictional character, Lisbeth Salander, in the global best-selling Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Lisbeth is a fictional character, but a status-quo-challenging total badass, and ergo an inspiring feminist action hero for many real-world women. Salander fought male and female “baddies” but also worked to change the system. 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 operate with a global perspective. Toronto is one of the world’s top startup cities and heralded as one of the most multicultural cities in the world.  In essence, it is a global entrepreneur’s trading post, providing us with a wellspring of insights and connections to source and publish stories from around the world.

Interested in Advancing Women Entrepreneurs and Gender Equity for the Benefit of All? 

Systemic change is a collective effort. Entrepreneurs and allied business leaders can be an incredible force for change. We’re looking for feminists in business and supportive organizations to enlist, contribute, and help fuel profound change.

 

 

Your source for
perspectives on
entrepreneurial feminism

What is LiisBeth?

LiisBeth is the home and voice of entrepreneurial feminism and feminist entrepreneurs worldwide. Entrepreneurial feminists are people (of all genders) who strive to integrate and practice feminist principles, pedagogy, values into their innovation and entrepreneurship work.

We are committed to this space being trans and queer inclusive, anti-racist, intersectional, brave, and safe. We welcome all allies.

Our editorial voice appeals to supporters of magazines like Bitch MediaYes, Herizons, Bust,  The Broad Side, Adbusters, and Fast Company. Our vision is to become the Bitch magazine of the feminist entrepreneurship space. We work hard to create value for our community, and work hard to support the growing feminist press ecosystem.

In April 2017, we were nominated as a finalist for a Canadian Digital Publishing Award-Best Small Publication category.

What We Offer?

Quality Content. Measurable Impact.  Deep Learning. Community. Status-quo resistance companionship. Paid gigs for creators. Plus a convenient one-stop shop for best practice tools and methods for designing and operating a feminist-values led venture.

We do this by offering an open-access online magazine, monthly newsletter, and in real life salons and workshops.  In other words, a lot!

How Are We Different?

We are the world’s only dedicated voice and advocacy organization for the entrepreneurial feminist movement.  We believe gender literacy is today’s new required leadership skill, and that feminist theory is the new “management science” for our time. We are a top-tier certified B-Corp.

Not Sure if you are a Feminist Entrepreneur or Entrepreneurial Feminist?

Entrepreneurial feminism, developed from social feminism, is a theory that explains how feminist values are enacted through the venture creation process to improve the position of women and gender/sexual minorities in society. Coined by Barbara Orser and Catherine Elliott, feminist entrepreneurship is viewed as a mechanism to create economic self-sufficiency and equity-based outcomes women, girls and other gender-oppressed communities. Entrepreneurial feminists enter commercial markets to create wealth and social change, based on the ethics of cooperation, equality, and mutual respect. Examples include Lunapads, The Safety Pin Box, and SheEO.

What Do Feminist Entrepreneurs Care About?

There is no “one” feminism, and therefore, there is no definitive list but the research demonstrates that there are a common set of core values, concerns, and worldviews which generally inform feminist enterprise design and strategy. These include:

  • The value of the feminine;
  • Recognition of personal experience (the personal is entrepreneurial);
  • Acknowledgement of the role intersectionality plays in peoples lived experiences;
  • Dedication to advancing gender justice;
  • Attention to use of inclusive language and practices, internally and externally;
  • Willingness to experiment with alternative organizational governance, ownership and investment models;
  • Values the common good over short-term thinking and rugged, individualism;
  • Recognition of and respect for mutuality, relationships, allies, linkages, and interdependencies;
  • Generosity;
  • Taking action to create systems change;
  • Peace over conflict.

Our Business Model

We are an incorporated for profit social enterprise which means we are free to advocate politically (Charities and nonprofits are not allowed to be political in Canada). It also means we must sustain ourselves financially by providing a voice and suite of services people are willing to pay for. As a B Corporation, the majority of future net surplus (profits) must be reinvested in our social mission. People, planet and economic fairness are also incorporated into our bylaws.

At present our operating revenues stem primarily from donations ranging from $3/month to $10/month, plus a lot of in-kind capital-and yes, generosity.

Coming Soon! LiisBeth’s Cantina, a new membership-based community of practice portal in early 2018.

As a feminist venture ourselves, we pay our contributors, illustrators, and editors fair and gender-equitable rates to provide you with authoritative content. No one should work for free-reciprocity and fair remuneration matters.  If are providing you with value, and you believe in paying creators for their work, we invite you to: Sign up. Subscribe. Contribute.

Our Why

The world is in crisis and unbalanced socially, politically and environmentally. Entrepreneurs of all genders can help to change this.  Yet, women and gender minority entrepreneurs remain under-supported and face gender bias which prevents them from realizing their enterprise’s full potential.  This needs to change. In addition, gendered innovation is an undervalued opportunity. We believe the prevailing neoliberal and venture capital led definition of value creation, entrepreneurial success, culture and its mostly masculine dominant methodologies needs a shake-up (a.k.a disruption).

Our Theory of Change

Storytelling, community, agency, and independent media, when focused combined accelerates social change.

Why the Name LiisBeth?

LiisBeth was inspired by Stieg Larsson’s fictional character, Lisbeth Salander, in the global best-selling Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Lisbeth is a fictional character, but a status-quo-challenging total badass, and ergo an inspiring feminist action hero for many real-world women. Salander fought male and female “baddies” but also worked to change the system. 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 operate with a global perspective. Toronto is one of the world’s top startup cities and heralded as one of the most multicultural cities in the world.  In essence, it is a global entrepreneur’s trading post, providing us with a wellspring of insights and connections to source and publish stories from around the world.

Interested in Advancing Women Entrepreneurs and Gender Equity for the Benefit of All? 

Systemic change is a collective effort. Entrepreneurs and allied business leaders can be an incredible force for change. We’re looking for feminists in business and supportive organizations to enlist, contribute, and help fuel profound change.