Hear from Our Founder & Support the Harness Kickstarter Campaign

Yep, it’s official: We launched our first ever Kickstarter campaign on June 11th (cue the confetti!).

Our founder recently chatted about pushing the chips all in and what that means for the future of Harness.

What Makes Harness Special

In 2016, the traditional media landscape wasn’t writing or talking about the real, raw and authentic stories women were actually experiencing on a day-to-day basis. Ashley Rector, a full-time attorney, saw this gap and wanted to create a space to foster empowerment and connection. She believed that women would be inspired in all areas of our lives by sharing the stories that shaped us to be who we are today. It was out of this passion for storytelling that Harness was born.

Harness has evolved over the last two and a half years to become an all-encompassing community. We publish digital content on a daily basis and a print magazine four times a year. In addition, we’ve introduced Handpicked by Harness—a curated marketplace of products made by small artisans with a mission—and opened up the Harness Talent Network, a way to connect our writers to companies looking to hire.

And when we say you belong, we mean it. We believe that every voice matters. Harness is for women from all races, backgrounds, shapes, sizes, ages (18+) and countries, and we welcome the LGBTQ+ community with open arms.

With this campaign, we will open the Member’s Lounge, a premium online content portal where women can access educational resources, view exclusive artwork and connect in real time with one another. We’ll also be launching inspirational, national events, because it doesn’t get more real than meeting in person. From tie-dye parties to mental-health summits, we want to expand our gatherings across the nation to offer events that uplift and connect women IRL.

How to Get Involved

See what we mean? Major things happening here at Harness. So, let’s get to the good stuff! Here’s how you can get involved.

Every dollar pledged goes towards making sure an article will get all the love it needs to thrive: editorial support to make it read perfectly, graphic-design support to make sure it’s beautifully illustrated on the screen or page, and social support to get it out in front of legions of readers. You are the fuel that keeps the Harness engine running behind every piece submitted. 

Support our Kickstarter here: http://kck.st/2Izxe5K

Don’t have the funds? Our goal is to empower and inspire people, regardless of their socioeconomic background, so we’ve decided to offer a digital download FREE to anyone who needs a little extra push. If you can’t financially contribute to the campaign for any reason, no worries! Just share our campaign with your friends and shoot us an e-mail at kickstarter@harnessmagazine.com and we will add you to the list of people who will receive the PDF!

Have any questions about our exciting news? Leave a comment below!

by Harness Editor

Harness believes that freedom of expression equals female empowerment. The truth? We’re a badass authentic community of fierce women, and we exist to help your voice be heard. Harness is here to be your safe haven. A place to shed the competition, the insecurities. This is a place to rise by lifting others. This is who we are.


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