A project that explores the intersectionality of women in cannabis. We see the world through a unique lens, one shaped by our identity which affects our opportunities, experiences, and growth. The focus for Dopeafide for Women's History Month was to explore different lenses by photographing 12 women in Portland, Oregon and collected writings based on their personal experiences. We prompted our participants to tell their stories and bring an item that empowered them. We are honored to share their stories with you today.
Today we highlight Savina Fierro, of SavinaMonet, graphic designer, entrepreneur and cannabusiness woman.
Consider what cannabis meant to you ten years ago and how it affected your life then vs. today. What does your day to day life look like now? Is cannabis a consistent part of it? Is it not? How does your gender, race, class, and age affect your cannabis use and the opportunities you are presented in the industry? What do you hope for you future.
I remember my first big industry mixer. I had been freelancing for about six months and people were starting to notice my work. I was eager to find connections so I talked to everyone. 45 minutes later I learn the cannabis industry’s dirty secret: if you’re a woman, watch out for the men. As soon as potential (male) leads find out I’m married, all communication and promised gigs vanish.
I’ve learned to adapt since then. I have a 90% female client base that respect and pay me what I’m worth. I’ve had the chance to work with big female-founded companies, and everyday, hard-working women getting their piece of the Green Rush. It’s even connected me with very necessary equity and bail fund projects, all started by women. There is a strong community of women in the cannabis industry, and I’m proud to stand steady for the next wave of Sisters when they decide to go to their first big industry mixer.
Follow Savina on Instagram at @savinamonet
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