The owners of Woodhouse Vegan have created a “safe haven” for community members committed to women’s health and reproductive rights.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — With President Joe Biden’s executive order, abortion rights activists in Columbus said they are hopeful. However, some companies continue to work to support the women’s rights movement.
Kara and Nicole Woodhouse are sisters and own a local plant-based restaurant, Woodhouse Vegan. Both sisters take their protest and profits to support the cause.
“We’re fortunate to be surrounded by a bunch of really strong women in an all-male industry,” said Cara.
At their core, women are activists trying to make the world a better place for animals and people.
“There really is no end or beginning to activism, it should be about your whole life, it shouldn’t just be about who you are and who you’re dealing with, everyone should be involved,” Kara said.
The sisters said the majority of the Woodhouse team are female or part of the LGBTQ community, so it’s important they find inclusive ways to support the movement and fight for women’s reproductive health.
Entrepreneurs say they all reached out to each other when they heard the news of Rowe and Wade’s reversal.
“We cried a lot together, a lot of silence, definitely a few tears, it was scary. It was nice to have my team around me and my sister with me,” Kara said.
The sisters wanted to create a safe haven for those who want to protest but need community, so they used their restaurant as a meeting place.
,[People] They can come to our garden, we provide them with items to make signs, and then we ride bikes or carpool wherever there’s a protest or rally,” Cara said. So let’s stay together, we stay safe and we make sure we support each other.”
The sisters attract matches for their “JANES” cocktail. For every cocktail purchase, the Women’s Health Organization receives a $2 donation. They also participate in Planned Parenthood’s corporate program to find additional ways they can support the cause.
“I think if you can just go out and protest, then you do that, if you can just go out and protest, then you do that. The most important thing is that you just do something,” Nicole said.
There will be a statewide Planned Parenthood Walk-out between 4 and 5 p.m. The women at Woodhouse Vegan invite the community to the restaurant and donate a dollar to Planned Parenthood for every item purchased.
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