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Raise Her Up: Justine and Kendall Barber

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For International Women's Day, we're partnering with DirectHer Network to celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness against bias and, and take action for equality. 

To celebrate, we have partnered with ten remarkable women who are breaking the barriers of change and empowering more female participation in the boardroom. 


Justine Barber

Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Poppy Barley.

Mother, entrepreneur, book worm and active Edmontonian.

Justine Barber


Kendall Barber

Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Poppy Barley.

Co-founder of Poppy Barley, mom of two, global adventurer, avid runner, book lover and cookie monster.

I Choose to Challenge:

Justine: The fashion industry. The average garment gets worn 7 (7!) times before being tossed and the fashion industry is responsible for 10% of global greenhouse emissions. As the co-founder of Poppy Barley, a slow fashion company focused on quality, sustainability and ethical production I am part of creating a new kind of luxury in fashion.

Kendall: The possibility of civil dialogues. We need to speak to each other, ideally face-to-face. We are so divided – encouraged by our own echo chambers and algorithmic bubbles driven-by technology. There is so much fear, hate and distrust. We're afraid to say anything. Without conversations, we lose the ability to learn from each other's experiences.

For the Future I Hope:

Justine: That we will buy less and buy better.

Kendall: For tolerance. For us to translate our strengths as humans – connection, kindness, optimism, curiosity and resiliency – to repair our deep divides and enthusiastically hold space for different perspectives.

Photography by Dallas Curow.

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