The Little Black Dress Initiative

Purchase a “period pack” and learn more below.

Originated by the Junior League of London, the Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is a global initiative that seeks to make “poverty unfashionable” by raising awareness of the impact of generational poverty. Advocates wear one black dress (or outfit) for five consecutive days to illustrate the effects that poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, her self-esteem and professional opportunities. Each advocate wears a pin on their outfit that reads, “Ask Me About My Dress,” to encourage dialogue among colleagues, friends and strangers about this important initiative. Growing up in poverty is one of the greatest threats to healthy child development, and poverty and financial stress can impede a child’s cognitive development and their ability to learn. So, the LBDI was a natural fit for the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties (JLGNF).

Every League year, JLGNF members wear their black ensemble during the Little Black Dress Initiative to raise awareness about the issue of poverty in Georgia.

Our focus for the Little Black Initiative each year is “period poverty.” JLGNF is encouraging members and supporters to purchase “period packs” to help women in our community gain access to this necessity. Learn more about JLGNF’s Period Pantry

Why did we choose this topic?

  • Approximately 1 in 5 girls, and 1 in 4 women do not have access to feminine hygiene products due to poverty
  • Lack of access to period supplies is linked to using substitute products such as toilet paper or socks
  • Only 4% of women are aware of a local resource where free or reduced cost period supplies are available
  • The average amount of period products required per person, per day is 6
  • 10 states have abolished the tax on menstrual products. Georgia is not one of them
    (Alliance for Period Supplies, 2019 and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2019)

Please help us remove the burden women in our community are facing of deciding between living and being a woman…because they are both, and this must end…period.

Join the conversation to help spread awareness and follow along on our social media using #AskMeAboutMyDress