About LBDI


The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is a global initiative started by the Junior League of London to raise awareness of the impact of poverty. Advocates wear one black dress (or outfit) for five consecutive days to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, her confidence and professional opportunities. Each Advocate wears along with her dress a pin that reads, “Ask Me About My Dress!” which invites dialogue among colleagues, friends and strangers about this important initiative. Throughout the week, the JLS and LBDI Advocates seek to raise awareness about poverty and women.

The week of March 2 through March 6, 2020, will mark the 3rd year of the Junior League of Seattle’s Little Black Dress Initiative, which last year raised nearly $20,000 towards our mission.

Funds raised through the Little Black Dress Initiative allow JLS to improve our community through our partnerships with our community partners and provide our volunteers with leadership, training, and development opportunities.