The traditional media landscape wasn’t writing or talking about the real, raw and authentic stories women were actually experiencing on a day-to-day basis. Ashley Rector, a full-time attorney, saw this gap and wanted to create a space to foster empowerment and connection. It was out of this passion for storytelling that Harness was born.
Harness has evolved over the last two and a half years to become an all-encompassing community. We publish digital content on a daily basis and a print magazine four times a year. In addition, we’ve introduced Handpicked by Harness—a curated marketplace of products made by small artisans with a mission—and opened up the Harness Talent Network, a way to connect our writers to companies looking to hire or syndicate work.
With this campaign, we will open the Member’s Lounge, a premium online content portal where women can access educational resources, view exclusive artwork and connect in real time with one another. Harness will expand and do in person events and add more mission driven businesses to Handpicked by Harness. We've partnered with amazing female businesses to bring you exclusive rewards and invite you to take advantage of the great discounts on everything!
Harness believes that freedom of expression equals female empowerment. We exist to help your voice be heard. And once your voice is heard, you hold the energy to empower other women just like you. Through articles, artwork and poetry, Harness is here to be your safe haven. A place to shed competition and insecurities. A place to rise by lifting others. This is who we are.
Looking to get paid for your work? Want to see your piece syndicated on a larger platform? You’re in luck! By joining our Harness Talent Network, you’ll have the potential to be connected to companies looking to hire writers just like you. We also connect with larger companies to syndicate community content. Here’s how it works: Once you opt in, you’ll be immediately placed on our talent list (woo-hoo!). If we feel your work is a good fit for a company’s unique needs, we’ll connect you!
At Harness, we seek to empower women with our words. With Handpicked by Harness, we showcase small businesses who are empowering others in their own entrepreneurial ways. We’re honored to present businesses with a real mission—those who are making something so much greater than themselves. Not only do our readers get the opportunity to read amazing stories from women all around the world, they get to shop for products with a purpose. From pillows re-purposed from vintage clothing to small-batch, cruelty-free, and incredible smelling candles, the products we highlight are both beautiful to own and good for the world.
Individually we are strong, but together we are a force to be reckoned with. And that’s exactly why we’re creating the Member’s Lounge—a place to connect with other women, share ideas, access premium content, get first dibs on all things Harness and so much more. Need advice about workplace issues? Want to join a writers’ community? Looking to make new female friends? Think of our Member’s Lounge as a hub for art, design, articles, educational resources and friends. Aka, the best of Harness.
Harness publishes content on our website daily and our print magazine is distributed on a quarterly basis. The magazine is a tangible expression of the beautiful stories that make up a woman’s life—it is a celebration of art, life and collaboration. This truly is a community effort: we hire female photographers to capture interpretations of words written by women all over the country, and we spotlight small businesses in every issue.
It doesn’t get more real than meeting in person. From tie-dye parties to mental-health summits, we want to expand our gatherings across the nation to offer events that uplift and connect women in real life.
We believe that every voice matters. Harness is for women from all races, backgrounds, shapes, sizes, ages (18+) and countries, and we welcome the LGBTQ+ community with open arms.
“Harness continues to be an extraordinary haven for writers; a place where women of all races, creeds and religions can connect to those around them, while sharing their talents and experiences in a productive manner. Harness Magazine has allowed me to share my heart with other women, to open up about topics that are important to me.” - B.W. Ginsburg.
“I always look forward to seeing what Harness Magazine is going to bring to the table with their featured stories. In addition to having the opportunity to share my stories in a space where individuality is respected and welcomed, I love the diversity of poetry, art and real stories from writers with heart and soul speaking about things that make us human.” - Alicia Sanchez
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Our goal is to empower and inspire people, regardless of their socioeconomic background, so we've decided to offer the creative one page digital download FREE to anyone who needs a little extra push. If you can’t financially contribute to the campaign for any reason, no worries! Just share this Kickstarter with your friends and shoot us an e-mail at email@example.com and we will add you to the list of people who will receive the PDF!
For the price of one cup of coffee, you can support an incredible platform. You’ll also receive exclusive backer updates and a one-page digital download to get your creative juices flowing. It’s no latte, but we have a feeling you’ll get a buzz from all the female empowerment.
Hey there, believer! Twenty-five smackaroos goes a long way towards making a BIG difference. Your pledge will provide editorial, design and social support for the voice of one woman. This means covering editorial, social and graphic design for one article. Oh, and we’ll also add you to our private Harness Slack channel where you’ll be able to connect with like-minded individuals IRL (plus our team, too!).
BONUS: you’ll receive a campaign-exclusive digital workbook filled with journal prompts, illustrations and inspiration!
THE CELEBRATOR: Harness x Ryan Porter Collaboration
Harness believes in celebrating small businesses, especially female-owned businesses, and we have a feeling you do, too (you trailblazer, you). That’s why we teamed up with Ryan Porter to offer you an exclusive campaign “NOTE TO SELF: THERE'S POWER IN MY WORDS” key chain. You can’t buy this baby anywhere else. In addition, you will receive one annual digital subscription to our beautiful quarterly magazine that celebrates the voices of women from around the world. You’ll also receive everything in the Believer package.
THE INSPIRED: Harness x Nicole Goldfarb Collaboration
Meet Nicole Goldfarb, our fave small-female-business enthusiast. Nicole’s exclusive campaign designs practically scream inspiration and empowerment! At this reward level, you’ll receive a campaign-exclusive sticker sheet and pin, and that’s not all. You’ll also get our annual digital magazine subscription, Plus, you’ll receive everything included in the Believer Package.
THE FEMALE CHAMPION:
Give me all the things, you say? Wish granted! You’re not only a champion of Harness, you’re a champion of small businesses—and you want to support us any way you can! First of all, we love you. Second of all, with this perk, you’ll receive a campaign-exclusive sticker sheet, pin and keychain from Nicole GoldFarb and Ryan Porter. You’ll also receive a one-year subscription to the premium content portal, your name on our Wall of Fame page, one annual digital subscription to our magazine, PLUS everything included in the Believer package. Like we said, all the things.
Three words: Best. Friends. Forever. Seriously, by donating $250, you surely deserve some serious props. So much so, we want to feature you in our bi-monthly backer zine (it’s way better than a friendship necklace!). The zine will feature one single-page write-up about either you, personally, or a story you wish to share. The best part? It’ll be circulated digitally for our entire community to see!
What else is included in this perk? Glad you asked! Everything in “The Female Champion” package, plus one annual print subscription for you and a friend; and one pin, key chain and sticker sheet for you and a friend! Your pledge will also provide editorial, design and social support for the voice of one woman.
INDIVIDUAL - Reward: $500.00
You are a true visionary. You care about giving women a space to feel heard and dream of seeing the female empowerment mission come to life. When you donate $500, you’re supporting the voices of five amazing women. You and your friends will get some serious perks, too. We see amazing things in your future! Like all of this:
- 1 annual premium content portal subscription for you and a friend
- 1 annual print subscription for you and a friend
- 1 merch package (sticker, keychain, pin) for you and a friend
- 1 exclusive campaign workbook for you and a friend
- Your name included on the Wall of Fame page
- 1 single-page feature in the backer zine to be circulated after the Harness campaign
- 1 social shoutout from the Harness team thanking you for believing in us
CORPORATE - Reward: $500.00
Your organization strongly believes in female empowerment and will gladly provide editorial, design and social support for five amazing women. In return, you will receive two Facebook shoutouts thanking your organization for its generosity, annual premium content portal subscriptions for two of your employees, annual digital subscriptions to the magazine for two of your employees, and one annual print subscription for your office (woah, that’s a lot!)
Bonus: Your company will also receive a one-page write-up in our exclusive backer zine, which will be circulated to the entire Harness community!
INDIVIDUAL - Reward: $1,000.00
Look at you glow! By donating $1,000, you’re illuminating the lives of ten amazing women by providing editorial, graphical and social support. Your magic doesn’t go unnoticed! You’ll also be able to cast a vote for the next print issue cover of Harness Magazine. Plus, you’ll receive a personal email from our founder thanking you for your support and everything included in the Visionary package.
CORPORATE - Reward: $1,000.00
We can see you shining from here! By donating $1,000, your business is illuminating the lives of ten amazing women by providing editorial, graphical and social support. Because you shine so bright, we’ll be placing your logo and website on the “Go-Getter” tier of our Wall of Fame page. Additionally, you’ll receive two social shoutouts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, thanking your organization for its contribution, three annual premium content portal subscriptions, three annual digital subscriptions to the magazine, and three annual print subscriptions for your office!
Bonus: Your company will also receive a two-page spread in our exclusive backer zine, which will be circulated to the entire Harness community!
THE WONDER WOMAN:
CORPORATE FOCUSED - Reward: $2,500.00
You’re not just a hero, you’re an icon! We want to celebrate your efforts by placing your logo in the “Female Enthusiast” tier on the Harness Wall of Fame page. Plus, we’ll include a one-page write up of your business in the next issue of Harness Magazine! You may choose to either spotlight the amazing work your business is doing or celebrate a female employee within your organization.
BONUS: We’ll also include 25 magazines for your organization, so your employees or clients can read all about you! Plus, we’ll send a personalized email to your entire organization from our founder! Lastly, you’ll receive everything included in the Luminary package.
CORPORATE FOCUSED - Reward: $5,000.00
Pop the bubbly! By donating $5,000, you’re supporting the voices of 20 women. Read that again: 20 women! Think: editorial, social and graphic design support to ensure each article is edited thoroughly, designed beautifully, and shared widely for all the world to see. Your business will receive some pretty amazing perks, too. We will include a one-page write up on your business in the next issue of Harness Magazine! You may choose to either spotlight the amazing work your business is doing or celebrate a female employee within your organization. And the fun doesn’t stop there. We’ll also interview a female coworker, founder or owner of your business and feature it on the front page of Harness for one month. Talk about prime location! And since we’re on a roll, here’s the other stuff you’ll get:
- Women Warrior Logo Placement and Linking (HIGHEST ON PAGE)
- 3 social shoutout thank-yous on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
- 3 newsletter shoutouts
- 5 premium content portal subscriptions
- 5 annual digital subscriptions to the magazine
- 5 annual print subscriptions
- 5 merch packages
- 1 spread in Backer Zine
- 25 magazines for organization next two issues
This campaign wouldn't be possible without the amazing team that helped us:
Holden x Ellis -Thank you for creating an amazing campaign video that showcases the powerful nature inside every woman.
Amy Turn Sharp - Your poetry is amazing and the poem you created describes Harness in so many ways. You are appreciated.
Escape Hatch - You've always understood the Harness brand. From the website to the campaign page, your designs are everything we could have hoped for!
Caitlin McGillicuddy - Your words are magic. Thank you for finding a way to say the things we sometimes couldn't. You are a copy writing extraordinaire and we are so thankful to have you on the Harness team.
Harness Team - You work tirelessly to provide a safe space for women and I couldn't have done this without you. Shout out to Laura Toogood and Becky Renner for always being there to whip together any visual assets we needed. Sydney Lapin you are a project management guru - thank you. Alexia Montgomery, you are a social media guru - with you all things are possible.
Leigh Lepore and all the individuals who made this campaign possible - I appreciate you!
Risks and challenges
Risks are low. We have a lot of experience in publishing projects and many of the rewards have already been created. We've partnered with an amazing team to get the premium content portal off of the ground and many ideas brewing for events.
The only foreseen risk could be the shipping carrier! We are all at their mercy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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