Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI)



The Junior League of Seattle hosted their 2nd Annual Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) in March 2019. LBDI is an advocacy campaign that seeks to raise community awareness on the impact that poverty can have on women, especially in correlation to the workplace. LBDI Advocates wore the same black outfit for five consecutive days to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, her confidence, and professional opportunities. It was a visible representation of what is often an invisible issue for women in our community. By wearing a button that reads, “Ask me about my dress!” LBDI Advocates invited dialogue among colleagues, friends, and strangers to raise awareness about poverty and women.

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In addition to advocating for women and children at state and local levels, JLS partners with many organizations that help support women in poverty. Our volunteers help package goods with Northwest Harvest, give resume workshops at Mary’s Place and New Beginnings, and we are building our partnership with Dress for Success to get women the resources needed to become economically independent.

This year’s event will take place on March 2-6, 2020. Stay tuned for more information!

For questions regarding JLS LBDI or how to provide support, please email