Boston Women’s Market celebrates their first anniversary

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By Nia Beckett, news correspondent

In celebration of their first anniversary, the Boston Women’s Market held a marketplace on Sept. 30 at District Hall.

The anniversary marketplace included approximately 25 vendors, featuring a henna tattoo artist, professional flash headshot photoshoots, a DIY collage station and a create-your-own-bracelet station by Bracelet Bash.

Over the past year, the Boston Women’s Market hosted marketplaces and workshops with the intent of supporting womxn entrepreneurs and promote their work. Womxn, as defined on their website, describes a passionate person who inspires and supports their community regardless of sex, race, gender or income.

The Boston Women’s Market is based around unity and inclusion, and subsequently incorporated the spelling of “womxn” in their branding in response to many people feeling excluded by the traditional spelling.

“I think there are many different people who the ‘e’ does not capture, but they are still welcome and wanted in our Boston Women’s Market family,” said Molly Leger, the organization’s founder.

While the Boston Women’s Market developed a community through their events in the Boston area, they didn’t intend to become a long-standing organization.

“We started as a one-time event– that’s all we were supposed to be,” Leger said. “The community rallied around us in such a way that we had to start growing and keep going and I’m so happy that we have.”

The expansion of the Boston Women’s Market from a single event into an organization with a supportive network made the one-year milestone a special event.

Erin Connors, the founder of Bracelet Bash, started her company in November 2017. She has traveled around the Boston area as far as Plymouth and Lawrence doing a variety of events from pop-ups to personal parties. Like many of the vendors, she works full-time and runs her business on the side. This event was her first time working with the market.

“This has been great because [working with] other women-owned businesses is amazing,” Connors said.

Lisa Lang, a 2011 Northeastern alum and artist, was a vendor at the event as well. Lang was a math major at Northeastern but has always been interested in art. At the event, Lang sold prints and other pieces self-described as “tastefully distasteful.”

“I like to make people laugh,” Lang said. “I do these things to make myself laugh, and once in a while, people come around and laugh with me.”

Lang, who heard about the event through the Boston Hassle’s Black Market, was glad that her unique artwork was well-received by patrons.

While the Boston Women’s Market enjoys working with the network of passionate people around them, customers are also advocates of amplifying womxn’s voices.

“You can always support other people,” said Trish Fontanilla, a Boston Women’s Market customer. “I wasn’t able to buy things from everybody, but I shared everybody’s stuff on Instagram, and tagged them so that even if I can’t buy everyone’s stuff, I know people on my network can maybe find stuff.”

The events so far are just the beginning for the Boston Women’s Market. Leger’s biggest short-term goal is a larger 2019 calendar featuring more workshops. With a growing community, the organization works to accommodate their needs.

“[We are] really trying to take that insight and craft it into something that is useful and fun and engaging for people in our organization,” Leger said.

Follow the Boston Women’s Market on Instagram @bostonwomensmarket to see their upcoming events.