Welcome to Saris to Suits® Empowered
Women’s Journeys from SARIS TO SUITS ® to Empower, Inspire, and to Raise Cultural Awareness
Miss America 2014 along with 14 Role Models of South Asian Heritage Inspire to Live the American Dream
We are thrilled to announce the release of the 2nd annual Saris to Suits ® Empowered calendar campaign with sixteen months of American role models of South Asian heritage born on four continents representing major religions, regions, languages and diverse careers. Each has a unique story of trials, tribulations and perseverance as a social entrepreneur, an activist, a high-tech company executive, an inventor, a Guyana-born accountant, a Pakistani-American highly-acclaimed cardiologist and patenter; and a socially conscious part Gujarati Miss New Jersey-USA 2014 aspiring to be a Bollywood-Hollywood crossover.
The 36-page vibrant and beautifully detailed calendar with empowerment quotes and bios includes exceptional women, such as a devout Muslim PhD who is a competitive weightlifter wearing a hijab; an award-winning journalist for CNN who was left at an orphanage and later adopted by her Bengali Mother; and poised and graceful Miss America 2014 of Indian Origin who is raising awareness about diversity and unity. An inspirational gift for YOUR daughter or a special woman and girl to encourage her to persevere to achieve her dream!! Digital download is $10 and Hard Copy $15 or kindly consider a donation. See ‘Store’ page.
Primary U.S. beneficiaries of the Saris to Suits® Empowered campaign are SMART Girls initiative of Boys and Girls Clubs along with Chicago-based Apna Ghar (Our House) and Atlanta-based Raksha (Protection). The campaign seeks to shed light on gender violence, especially the unique cultural, language, and legal barriers that prevent South Asian women from speaking up or seeking help.
“We are so glad to partner with Saris to Suits to raise greater awareness about gender violence and gender discrimination in South Asian and other immigrant communities. At Apna Ghar we envision a world in which women and children can live violence free lives and our values align with Saris to Suits mission to empower South Asian women and girls. We look forward to what we can accomplish together,” said Neha Gill, the Executive Director of Apna Ghar in Chicago.
BBC News and Fox News profiled the inaugural 2014 Saris to Suits® campaign. See the gallery.
The outside world tuning into watch her on television would not have suspected founder Patti Tripathi’s travails with pressures of an arranged marriage or an Indian and what she endured in her personal life which makes her passionate about women’s empowerment and social change. BG Magazine.
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”
Maya Angelou, activist and poet.
KINDLY NOTE: Garments such as “saris” or “suits” do not make a person more or less empowered. Rather the trademarked brand implies these savvy and worldly women travel fluidly between continents, chasms, and communities AND serve as real-life role models for young girls and women. Saris to Suits ® is also benefiting causes and organizations that help women and girls in India and Guyana. Saris to Suits ® is incorporated as a non-profit public charity, and exempt from federal tax under 501 © 3 Revenue Code, which means contributions are deductible under section 170 of the code.
Please contact us if you are proponent of women and girls’ empowerment and want to sponsor or donate, or if you wish serious consideration as a role models in future awareness campaign. Info@SarisToSuits.org