Advocate for Homeless Women Donates Over 1,000 Bras

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Dana Marlowe, an advocate for homeless women, dropped off more than 1,000 bras to Thrive DC, a Washington, D.C., group that works to prevent and end homelessness.

After recently losing a considerable amount of weight, she was excited to purchase new clothes, but was discouraged about how much money she would have to spend on new bras.

Soon after, she learned that women in need often go without bras and underwear because they simply can’t afford them. And so, she wanted to help.

“There’s still a stigma around periods and bras. It’s taboo and sexualized,” she told The Huffington Post. “Bras are so essential for women: for health, self-esteem, employment and more."

This past summer, Marlowe launched a collection drive called "Support the Girls" which aims to collect used or new bras for women in need because she believes, “A woman shouldn’t have to choose between feeding her herself and her personal health.”

Donations started rolling in and all of her hard work paid off when she was able to hand off a donation of over 1,000 bras and 7,000 tampons to a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C., earlier this week.

Have a bra to donate? Check out “Support the Girls” to find out how you can help.

Devan McGuinness |

Devan wants to live in a world where her obsession for useless trivia is an asset and vows she will eventually find her signature lipstick shade (why can't I pull off a bold red?!). When she’s not writing, you can hear her answering the question "why" for the twenty-billionth time or obsessively watching the latest viral cat video.