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Urbanette’s Commitment to Women

Find out how we help women become entrepreneurs.


Urbanette’s message is one of empowerment, education, and self-esteem. That is why we use our profits to help empower women and girls, and push for gender equality, by giving microloans to female entrepreneurs in developing countries.

100% of our profits go into a fund that is then lent out to women via microloans. Our goal is to empower women and help them to inspire other women and girls in their communities.

Urbanette’s Commitment to Women

“I founded Urbanette when I was 15 years old because, as an equal rights activist, I wanted to help educate and inspire women on the critical issues of self-esteem and female leadership. In keeping with these goals, I decided to use our profits to help women in need, in developing countries, become self-sufficient role models by giving microloans to female entrepreneurs. I hope you will join us in supporting this important cause.”

xo Hilary Rowland

Note: Hilary does not take a salary from Urbanette.

Issues we at Urbanette® care about:

Economic Opportunity

Women shouldn’t be making less than men for the same jobs. Women shouldn’t be belittled at the boardroom table. Women shouldn’t be passed over for promotions.

Culture and Media

Many magazines breed insecurities in women and girls in order to sell products. These insecurities damage women’s self-respect, career and life aspirations. Children’s movies like Cinderella and Snow White teach girls that their value is in their youth and beauty and that women are ruthless competition, not true friends. Adult movies aren’t much better, and the majority of female dialogue in Hollywood movies revolve around men. This needs to change if we’re going to have true gender equality.


Why do some people fight so hard to keep girls from getting an education—sometimes resorting to unspeakable acts of violence, including gas and acid attacks and bombings? Because education is key to gaining power.

Law and Justice

Around the world, women face legal and justice systems that treat them as lesser citizens. Their testimony in court may equal half a man’s, or they may be banned from doing basic things like voting, driving, or passing their nationality on to their children. When they report a crime committed against them, they’re often discouraged or flat-out denied help by law enforcement.

Politics and Leadership

What would the world look like if women were represented fairly in government? Just 18.4 percent of parliamentarians and 10 percent of heads of state are women. And sadly, the U.S. trails behind the global average when it comes to women in leadership roles: Congress is 83 percent male.

Violence Against Women

Whether it’s domestic violence, human trafficking or rape, and whether it happens to a celebrity, a TV reporter covering a revolution, or a Congolese villager, violence against women is pervasive. It’s unacceptable that women (the victims) are often the ones blamed and punished for speaking out. Even American police are known to discourage victims from filing a report.

We all have to work together to bring equality to the genders. This is the human rights issue of our time.

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Reader Discussion: 5 Comments

  1. Gabrielle Williams

    Applause!!! Urbanette Magazine empowers through intelligently-written articles and is an agent of change because of financial help to charity. I would like to support you in all possible ways I can!

  2. I’m really glad Google search led me to Urbanette Magazine! I’d have to admit that some magazines somehow cause my insecurity. But with your articles, I’m learning to appreciate my own body, skills and talents! And oh, I absolutely love your travel articles! You never fail to attach wonderful photos! Keep them coming 😉

  3. Hannah Mayers

    “I am HeForShe”

    It is really disheartening to know that despite advancements of the modern world, there are places / culture that “still” deprive women of education.

    Thanks, Urbanette for having great causes!

  4. I commend the people behind Urbanette especially Hilary! Good job! I am with you in bringing equality to the genders. I’m really against violence and I don’t patronize magazines, movies or other forms of media that breed insecurities to women. I have a daughter and at her early age, I make sure to teach her self-respect and knowing her worth.

  5. I find it very interesting and inspirational that you are using your profits to help more women become entrepreneurs. I also support your causes, particularly economic opportunities for women. ALL women can and should succeed, they just need to be taught not to hold back. If there’s any help I can give to support you, please shoot me an email.

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