Unearth Women | Where Feminism Meets Travel

Unearth Women is a travel media platform that champions women and their stories, while paying them for their work,

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Project Description

In Spring 2018, Unearth Women was born as a media company dedicated to championing female content creators and addressing the needs of female travelers today. 

Since our inception in early 2018, Unearth Women has strived to combine women's travel content with in-depth reporting shining light on women's stories around the world. Today, Unearth Women is comprised of:

 

 

Today, Unearth Women is launching an iFund Women campaign in an effort to raise money to help us:

Every. single. penny raised will go towards paying our contributors and developing the Unearth Women brand.

 

NIKKI VARGAS

Nikki is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Unearth Women. Previously, Nikki worked as Places Editor of Atlas Obscura, Travel Editor of Culture Trip, Digital Marketing Manager of FOOD & WINE magazine, and as a freelance journalist. Nikki has spoken at various travel conferences including the Women’s Travel Fest, Women in Travel Summit, New York Times Travel Show, New York Travel Fest and as a guest commentator on Cheddar News TV and NPR Weekend Edition. Nikki has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Vogue Spain, and more. Her bylines have appeared on HuffPost, VICE, Roads & Kingdoms, and more.

 

KELLY LEWIS

Kelly Lewis is the Co-Founder of Unearth Women and was part of the initial ideation of the magazine. As a respected entrepreneur in the travel space, Kelly is also the Founder of Go! Girl Guides, the founder of the annual Women’s Travel Fest—a sold-out consumer travel event for women who love to travel—and Damesly, a tour company for professional and creative women.

 

ELISE FITZSIMMONS

Elise Fitzsimmons is Publisher and Co-Founder of Unearth Women. As Publisher, Elise is tasked with overseeing business development of the company, the production of the print magazine, and managing the finances of the company. Formerly, Elise worked as the Membership Director for a public radio station in Aspen, Colorado where she was responsible for the acquisition of over one million dollars in individual contributions, donor relations and membership maintenance, marketing, and event planning.

The Project FAQs

What makes you and your co-founders qualified to do this?

Our co-founders are made up of Elise Fitzsimmons, Kelly Lewis, and Nikki Vargas. Elise Fitzsimmons is our Publisher and comes to us from NPR where she has years of experience in working in broadcast journalism and raising money to support the Aspen Public Radio station in Colorado. Elise brings those skills to Unearth Women to help develop the forthcoming podcast.

Kelly Lewis is an entrepreneur who founded the Women's Travel Fest, Damesly Tours, and Go Girl Guides. Kelly brings her wealth of connections, experience, and knowledge of the travel industry to this company.

Nikki Vargas is our Editor-in-Chief who has a decade of editorial and journalism experience in New York City. Nikki has spoken at various travel conferences—including the NYT Travel Show and Women in Travel Summit—as well as has written for HuffPost, FOOD & WINE, VICE, and more. Nikki brings her editorial expertise and helps shape the voice of Unearth Women's magazine and digital site.

 

How are you sustaining Unearth Women magazine?

It goes without saying that it is a difficult time for the print industry. We made a bold choice in introducing a new magazine. We felt a magazine was necessary to both establish ourselves as a brand as well as make a dent in the male-dominated travel space. After a year of Unearth Women magazine, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to discontinue printing our magazine. As a self-funded start-up, it is very difficult to sustain the cost of printing and magazine production. Our fourth issue—the Inclusivity Issue—will likely be our last issue of Unearth Women magazine. That said, we will continue to grow as a digital media platform with a podcast, online articles, videos, trips, and a forthcoming book. 

 

How will you use the money from this campaign?

Every penny raised from this campaign will go towards the company and helping us to grow as a digital media brand while also paying our female content creators fairly. Specifically, we are looking to raise money to grow our digital freelance base, create original videos, and finish production on our podcast. 

 

Why is it important to you to pay female content creators?

As a journalist and editor with almost a decade of experience in the industry, it is so important to support our fellow content creators. It is a difficult time for journalists and editors across the industry. Many talented writers are being laid off and thrown into the job market where they are hunting for bylines and being severely underpaid for their work. We have a situation here where there is a saturation of talent looking for work and few opportunities available. The result is that many writers and editors are being taken advantage of and being forced to accept pay rates well below what they deserve. It is so personally important to me to support content creators today, especially women. 

 

 

Sheryl Nance-Nash
10/06/2019
Exclusive for Early Contributors!
$20
Kathi Kamleitner
10/04/2019
Exclusive for Early Contributors!
$20
Megan Roy
10/02/2019
Unearth Women Digital Package
$50
Maren Bertelsen
09/30/2019
The Unearth Women Swag Bag
$100
Kelley
09/30/2019
Exclusive for Early Contributors!
$20
09/27/2019
The Unearth Women Swag Bag
$100
09/25/2019
Unearth Women Digital Package
$50
09/25/2019
Exclusive for Early Contributors!
$35
Anonymous
09/13/2019
Monetary Contribution
$5
08/19/2019
Monetary Contribution
$5
Monetary Contribution

Any amount you share to support this project goes towards supporting Unearth Women and our female content creators. For any amount donated, you will receive: 

  • A custom designed “Well-traveled feminist” phone wallpaper.

  • A personalized digital thank you card from our Co-Founders.

  • A digital copy of Unearth Women’s international premiere issue.

2 Supporters
Contribute
$10
The Starter Package
  • A digital copy of Unearth Women’s latest issue, the Inclusivity Issue.

  • (1) custom designed “Well traveled feminist” phone wallpaper

  • (1) Newsletter shout out featuring your name or business and reaching 3K+ subscribers.

  • A personalized digital thank you card from our Co-Founders.

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$25
The Inclusivity Issue Package
  • A digital copy of Unearth Women’s upcoming issue.

  • The “Sounds of Inclusivity” Unearth Women Spotify Playlist featuring curated music inspired by the stories in our fourth issue.

  • A personalized handwritten thank you letter from Unearth Women’s Co-Founder and Publisher.

  • (1) custom designed “Where feminism meets travel” sticker

  • (1) custom designed “Well traveled feminist” phone wallpaper

0 Supporters
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$50
Unearth Women Digital Package
  • All digital issues of Unearth Women delivered to your inbox, including the upcoming Inclusivity Issue. 

  • (1) Digital banner on unearthwomen.com promoting your business for (1) week. 

  • The “Sounds of Inclusivity” Unearth Women Spotify Playlist featuring curated music inspired by the stories in our fourth issue.

  • A personalized digital thank you card from our Co-Founders

  • (1) Newsletter shout out featuring your name or business and reaching 3K+ subscribers.

  • (1) custom designed “Well traveled feminist” phone wallpaper

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
The Unearth Women Swag Bag
  • (1) Unearth Women organic cotton tote bag containing: 

    • All previous issues of Unearth Women signed by our Editor-in-Chief.

    • (1) custom designed “Where Feminism meets travel” sticker

    • (1) personalized and handwritten thank you letter from our Publisher

    • (1) pack of Unearth Women custom pins

    • (1) “Where Feminism meets travel” drink coozie

    • (1) Custom designed “Well Traveled Feminist” T-Shirt

+

(1) digital copy of our latest Inclusivity Issue. 

2 Supporters
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$250
Swag Bag + Digital + Events
  • Everything in the Unearth Women Swag Bag.

  • Everything in the Unearth Women Digital Package.

+

  • (2) Complementary tickets for you & a guest to all upcoming Unearth Women events

0 Supporters
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$500
The Business Savvy Package
  • Everything in the Unearth Women Digital Package.

  • Everything in the Swag Bag.

+

  • A 1:1 business consultation with the Co-Founders of Unearth Women to answer all your questions about starting a media company. 

  • (1) Custom designed media kit tailored to your brand or business and designed by our Co-Founder.

  • (1) Digital web banner on UnearthWomen.com promoting your brand or business for (1) month. 

  • (4) Complementary tickets to all upcoming Unearth Women events.

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$750
The Traveler's Package
  • Everything in the Unearth Women Digital Package.

  • Everything in the Swag Bag.

+

  • A 1:1 travel consultation with the co-founders of Unearth Women to answer all of your travel questions. 

  • (1) custom designed Unearth Women luggage tag

  • (1) custom designed Unearth Women passport holder

  • (1) custom designed and downloadable feminist city guide to a destination of your choice.

  • (1) Signed advance copy of Unearth Women’s upcoming book, The Unearth Women’s Guide to Travel (coming Spring 2021).

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$2,500
The NYC Package
  • Everything in the Unearth Women Digital Package.

  • Everything in the Ultimate Unearth Women Swag Bag.

+

  • A 2-night hotel stay in NYC for you and a guest.

  • A custom designed and downloadable feminist walking tour of NYC.

  • An exclusive dinner at a female-owned restaurant in NYC with Unearth Women’s Editor-in-Chief during your visit. 

  • One round of complimentary cocktails at the feminist bakery & bar, Butter & Scotch in Brooklyn.

  • (4) Complementary tickets to all upcoming Unearth Women events. 

  • (1) Signed advance copy of Unearth Women’s upcoming book, The Unearth Women’s Guide to Travel (coming Spring 2021).

  • An exclusive invitation to Unearth Women’s book launch party in NYC in Spring 2021.

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$7,500
The Platinum Package
  • Everything in the Unearth Women Digital Package.

  • Everything in the Ultimate Unearth Women Swag Bag.

  • Everything in the Business Package

  • Everything in the NYC Package

  • Everything in the Traveler’s Package

+

  • (1) Signed advance copy of the Unearth Women Guide to Women's Travel book (coming Spring 2021)

  • An exclusive invitation to Unearth Women’s book launch party in NYC in Spring 2021.

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Any amount you share to support this project goes towards supporting Unearth Women and our female content creators. For any amount donated, you will receive: 

  • A custom designed “Well-traveled feminist” phone wallpaper.

  • A personalized digital thank you card from our Co-Founders.

  • A digital copy of Unearth Women’s international premiere issue.

2 Supporters
Contribute
$10
The Starter Package
  • A digital copy of Unearth Women’s latest issue, the Inclusivity Issue.

  • (1) custom designed “Well traveled feminist” phone wallpaper

  • (1) Newsletter shout out featuring your name or business and reaching 3K+ subscribers.

  • A personalized digital thank you card from our Co-Founders.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
The Inclusivity Issue Package
  • A digital copy of Unearth Women’s upcoming issue.

  • The “Sounds of Inclusivity” Unearth Women Spotify Playlist featuring curated music inspired by the stories in our fourth issue.

  • A personalized handwritten thank you letter from Unearth Women’s Co-Founder and Publisher.

  • (1) custom designed “Where feminism meets travel” sticker

  • (1) custom designed “Well traveled feminist” phone wallpaper

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Unearth Women Digital Package
  • All digital issues of Unearth Women delivered to your inbox, including the upcoming Inclusivity Issue. 

  • (1) Digital banner on unearthwomen.com promoting your business for (1) week. 

  • The “Sounds of Inclusivity” Unearth Women Spotify Playlist featuring curated music inspired by the stories in our fourth issue.

  • A personalized digital thank you card from our Co-Founders

  • (1) Newsletter shout out featuring your name or business and reaching 3K+ subscribers.

  • (1) custom designed “Well traveled feminist” phone wallpaper

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
The Unearth Women Swag Bag
  • (1) Unearth Women organic cotton tote bag containing: 

    • All previous issues of Unearth Women signed by our Editor-in-Chief.

    • (1) custom designed “Where Feminism meets travel” sticker

    • (1) personalized and handwritten thank you letter from our Publisher

    • (1) pack of Unearth Women custom pins

    • (1) “Where Feminism meets travel” drink coozie

    • (1) Custom designed “Well Traveled Feminist” T-Shirt

+

(1) digital copy of our latest Inclusivity Issue. 

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
Swag Bag + Digital + Events
  • Everything in the Unearth Women Swag Bag.

  • Everything in the Unearth Women Digital Package.

+

  • (2) Complementary tickets for you & a guest to all upcoming Unearth Women events

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
The Business Savvy Package
  • Everything in the Unearth Women Digital Package.

  • Everything in the Swag Bag.

+

  • A 1:1 business consultation with the Co-Founders of Unearth Women to answer all your questions about starting a media company. 

  • (1) Custom designed media kit tailored to your brand or business and designed by our Co-Founder.

  • (1) Digital web banner on UnearthWomen.com promoting your brand or business for (1) month. 

  • (4) Complementary tickets to all upcoming Unearth Women events.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$750
The Traveler's Package
  • Everything in the Unearth Women Digital Package.

  • Everything in the Swag Bag.

+

  • A 1:1 travel consultation with the co-founders of Unearth Women to answer all of your travel questions. 

  • (1) custom designed Unearth Women luggage tag

  • (1) custom designed Unearth Women passport holder

  • (1) custom designed and downloadable feminist city guide to a destination of your choice.

  • (1) Signed advance copy of Unearth Women’s upcoming book, The Unearth Women’s Guide to Travel (coming Spring 2021).

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$2,500
The NYC Package
  • Everything in the Unearth Women Digital Package.

  • Everything in the Ultimate Unearth Women Swag Bag.

+

  • A 2-night hotel stay in NYC for you and a guest.

  • A custom designed and downloadable feminist walking tour of NYC.

  • An exclusive dinner at a female-owned restaurant in NYC with Unearth Women’s Editor-in-Chief during your visit. 

  • One round of complimentary cocktails at the feminist bakery & bar, Butter & Scotch in Brooklyn.

  • (4) Complementary tickets to all upcoming Unearth Women events. 

  • (1) Signed advance copy of Unearth Women’s upcoming book, The Unearth Women’s Guide to Travel (coming Spring 2021).

  • An exclusive invitation to Unearth Women’s book launch party in NYC in Spring 2021.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$7,500
The Platinum Package
  • Everything in the Unearth Women Digital Package.

  • Everything in the Ultimate Unearth Women Swag Bag.

  • Everything in the Business Package

  • Everything in the NYC Package

  • Everything in the Traveler’s Package

+

  • (1) Signed advance copy of the Unearth Women Guide to Women's Travel book (coming Spring 2021)

  • An exclusive invitation to Unearth Women’s book launch party in NYC in Spring 2021.

0 Supporters
Select this reward