This social justice and inclusivity statement was written with two purposes in mind. The first is to provide concise guidelines in our online communities. The second is to ensure these important issues stay at the forefront of company policy as a guidepost to Wrapsody and its employees and partners.
Social Justice and Inclusivity Statement
last updated January 2017
Families, birth workers, caregivers, parents, children, and business owners are endlessly diverse. Wrapsody is grateful for the many faces, voices, and experiences that make our community rich. We strive toward being a purposely inclusive brand, and we are committed to actively addressing issues of equity and social justice in our community through our use of images and words and in our interactions.
However, Wrapsody is also aware that systems of power, privilege, and oppression have traditionally created barriers for persons and groups with particular ancestries, ages, abilities, identities, and histories. Wrapsody will continue to examine ways our brand can be more inclusive as we challenge ourselves and others to becoming increasingly aware of those barriers.
We will encourage our staff, partners, and colleagues to learn about structural or institutionalized injustice, colonization, appropriation, and under-representation of various people and/or their cultures. Wrapsody will work to hold ourselves accountable for the same. Although we are a very small company, we will work to avoid or replace practices that contribute to oppression or erasure of individuals and/or communities.
Links to more reading about social justice and related conversations
Our Brand Ambassador Team is working with us to compile a list of links and resources you may find helpful if any of these words or concepts are new to you, or even if you are actively working to educate yourself on these topics already. The list is incomplete, but I felt it was important to publish this ahead of the inauguration due to the wave of hate crimes and bigotry that followed the election. Thank you for your understanding and your patience.
As a survivor or sexual assault, I (the owner of Wrapsody) am feeling unsteady and uncertain as I face the inauguration of a man who has bragged about assaulting women. I will delete any hateful or trolling commentary relating to justice issues and may be slow to respond to others as I balance self-care with my own citizenship responsibilities.
If you are eager to begin reading, I would recommend starting with Everyday Feminism’s article, “Privilege 101: A quick and dirty guide.” From there, it is easy to follow links to find a broad exposure to varied ideas and concepts relating to social justice.
I have also decided to speak on our blog about the company’s name change. There are a great many resources and articles linked from this blog post, “No longer Gypsy Mama.”