How Your Kickstarter Pledge Is Helping Girls All Over The World

Good news, dissenters! While all your RBG Action Figures are being boxed up and shipped out, we’re beyond excited to announce that FCTRY has donated more than $15,000 USD to our charity of choice, She’s The First.

As you know, we came up against a few roadblocks when choosing a cause to donate a portion of our proceeds to, but with your help we eventually found a deserving recipient in STF. We promised to donate $1 USD per backer and that’s exactly what we did, which means STF received a whopping $15,654.00 USD. How awesome is that?!

The money raised will support She’s the First in fighting for gender equality through education. As the name suggests, STF supports young women who will be the first in their families to graduate from high school. The nonprofit organization also offers scholarships, mentoring programs, and life skills training to students around the world, helping to foster the next generation of global leaders.

FCTRY paid a visit to this year’s STF summit in New York City, where we saw that just like RBG herself, STF scholars go on to become leaders for their peers, their communities, and future generations to come. We touched base with co-founders Tammy and Christen, and heard from graduated STF scholars like Janani Loganathan, who is doing incredible work to benefit her local community back in India — proving that education equals endless opportunity.

At the summit, we also heard more about the three key areas STF focuses their work on: Education for Girls through funding and after-school programs. Mentorship with trained female mentors who have experience in the hurdles these young women are likely to face, and Global Leadership Training through its own leadership curriculum for STF scholars.

Having more female leaders in the world is something we can totally get behind, and we’re pretty sure the notorious RBG would agree. We’ll have another update for you soon on how our donation to STF is benefiting girls around the world, but in the meantime go forth and smash that patriarchy!

Again, thank you so, so much for continuing to support our projects. We hope you’ll love your RBG Action Figure just as much as we do.


Our favorite spots to Make It Fun during NYNOW

Whether you’re a regular at NYNOW or if it’s your first time in the Javits Center, the FCTRY team knows you’ll probably need a moment to get away from it all. Every year we compile a list of all our faves around Manhattan, near(ish) the Javits Center. These spots are just a quick subway ride away — from steak to tempeh, matcha to margaritas, these places have you covered. And yes, they’re all very cool. We’re from Brooklyn, remember?

Match the number on the map to its partner in the below list. They’re also all linked to Google Maps, if that’s your thing. And by the way — this year we even printed the map out for you. Visit our booth (#7838) to grab one. And some gummy bears to snack on while you decide where to eat.

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Make It Full: our fave food spots

  1. Little Beet Table – $$ – Modern restaurant offering an organic, vegetarian-focused, gluten-free menu.
  2. Shake Shack – $ – Located in the center of Madison Square Park, come for comfort food like burgers & frozen custard, stay for the outdoor seating & people-watching.
  3. Num Pang – $ – Local chain of eateries making creative Asian-inspired sandwiches, salads & sides.
  4. Mala Project – $$ – Cozy, hip spot featuring Chinese dry pot with a choice of spice level, plus appetizers & dim sum.
  5. Minca – $$ – Small Japanese ramen place offering many iterations of the signature soup, plus dumplings & sake.
  6. Jack’s Wife Freda – $$ – Simple spot serving American fare with Middle Eastern influences plus classic cocktails.
  7. The Bao – $$ – Chic eatery known for Shanghai-style xiao long bao soup dumplings with classic & creative fillings.
  8. Flex Mussels – $$ – Mussels & frites are the main event at this hopping seafood eatery also featuring homemade donuts.
  9. Chop Shop II – $$ – Modern Pan-Asian dishes & wine round out the menu at this sleek, minimalist eatery.
  10. Red Cat – $$$ – Popular Chelsea eatery serving New American fare in a narrow setting, with a buzzy front bar.
  11. Cookshop – $$$ – Energetic hot spot by the High Line serving American fare plus a popular brunch.
  12. Fonda – $$ – High-end Mexican cuisine & tequila cocktails galore in a festive dining room.
  13. Le Grainne Cafe – $$ – Relaxed, Parisian-style bistro with sidewalk tables offering classic French food, coffee & desserts.
  14. Tía Pol – $$ – A tiny, rustic space is an apt setting for traditional Spanish tapas.
  15. Penelope – $$ – Neighborhood spot serving American comfort-food staples in a country-chic setting.
  16. Cosme – $$ – Sleek Mexican spot with a big bar for locally sourced share plates, plus tequila & mezcal cocktails.
  17. ABC Kitchen – $$$ – Chic New American eatery sourcing local, organic ingredients.
  18. Red Bamboo – $$ – Mock meat & faux fish takes on Asian fare, plus vegan desserts. All-vegetarian menu!
  19. Los Tacos – $ – Bustling taqueria inside Chelsea Market serving tacos, quesadillas & aguas frescas in a street-style set-up (no seating).

    Make It Caffeinated: for when you need a buzz

     

  20. Cha Cha Matcha – $ – Place specializing in hot & iced green tea, plus coffee, baked goods & soft serve.
  21. Paper Coffee – $ – In the lobby of the Made Hotel, cozy cafe provides espresso & unique cocktails.
  22. Stumptown Coffee – $ – Inside the chic Ace Hotel, offering house-roasted direct-trade coffee, along with brewing gear & whole beans.
  23. Buvette – $$ – Popular, quaint bistro offering a French small-plates menu.
  24. Cafe Grumpy – $ – Hip local coffeehouse chain serving a range of house-roasted brews in a relaxed setting.

    Make It Strong: after-hours haunts

  25. Sake Bar Decibel – $$ – Underground sake bar offering a large list of varietals along with Japanese snacks.
  26. Lois – $$ – Bar in the same group as ABC Beer Co. serving 16 wines on tap & small plates in an inviting space.
  27. Loverboy – $$ – Casually hip corner bar serving clever house cocktails, tricked-out bar bites & pizza by the slice.

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6 RBG Reaction GIFs For Basically Everything

Because RBG says it all.

  1. In your 9am meeting and you haven’t had your coffee yet:

2. When ‘omg’ just doesn’t cut it:

3. When your friend tries to show you new music but you’re set in your ways:

4. Getting in the car and someone pulls up to wait for your spot:

5. When you’re already feeling that #PrideMonth joy:

6. When you win an argument that didn’t matter, but you want to gloat anyway:

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You can even earn one for free by sharing with friends. Yes way.


You be the Judge!

The RBG Action Figure is calling on YOU.

We always want to be mindful of the things that are important to you, which is why we’re asking you to be the “judge” for us this time.

As we’ve done in the past, we will donate $1 for each RBG Action Figure sold via Kickstarter. We’ve gathered a few causes we feel passionate about, we just need help choosing one.

Feel free to visit the following links to learn more about these awesome organizations:

The National Women’s Law Center
The NWLC champions policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential at every stage of their lives — at school, at work, at home, and in retirement. 

She’s the First
STF supports girls who will be the first in their families to graduate high school and trains students everywhere to be global citizens.

Running Start
Running Start is a nonpartisan movement that helps young women leaders gain the skills they need to feel confident and ready to lead in politics.

Girls Write Now
GWN matches girls with professional women writers and runs mentorship programs on writing, portfolio building, publishing, college prep, and more.

And when you’re ready, complete the survey below to help us decide where our RBG donation will go! If you feel we should consider another organization, you can even add your own option.

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How to get doughnuts from Elizabeth Warren

This fall, with the launch of our Elizabeth Warren Real Life Action Figure, we gave you a challenge: document your adventures with Liz and there might be a sweet surprise in store. After our mini-Warrens made their way to their new homes, we received over 100 entries to win a prize of Brooklyn’s finest doughnuts. Out of those, we painstakingly selected three standout entries that capture the Senator’s dynamic spirit.

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

 

Although we only picked three winners, we wanted to shout out entries that gave us a laugh.

 

#WithWarren, you rallied for change:

And made inter-species peace:

Our mini-Warren even made it to the Senator’s very own headquarters:

A huge thanks to everyone who entered — there were so many great moments, choosing just three to win was a formidable task to take on. This time around, we decided to stick with the popular vote of the FCTRY team’s favorite photos.

 

WINNERS

The champions of this challenge were selected for their ingenuity, quality, and dynamic nature — just like the Senator.

 

Warren got together with some friends and fought for net neutrality:

Cheered for teams big & small:

And caught up on some light reading:


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Congratulations Nicole, Taj, and Leslie! Thanks for sticking #WithWarren.

Of course, the best part of this contest was seeing all that you did #WithWarren by your side. If you want to have your own adventures #WithWarren, you can find her here. And you can find some of her friends (and one foe) here.