Red Pump

Rocking the Red Pump!

In honor of today, National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, myself and 95 other female bloggers are Rocking the Red Pump to raise awareness and to represent the strength and courage of women fighting HIV/AIDS or affected by the disease both directly and indirectly. Karyn and I came up with this initiative and never thought it would receive such great feedback, but we are pleasantly surprised at how people have embraced it.

HIV/AIDS & Women in the United States

*There are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. & almost 280,000 are women

*Among those who are HIV positive, 35% of women were tested for HIV late in their illness (diagnosed with AIDS within one year of testing positive)

*HIV is the 5th leading cause of death in women in the United States, ages 25-44

*High-risk heterosexual contact is the source of 80% of these newly diagnosed infections in women

HIV/AIDS & Minority Women
HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects minority women in the United States. According to the 2005 census, Black and Latina women represent 24% of all US women combined, but account for 82% of the estimated total of AIDS diagnoses for women in 2005.

HIV is:

*the leading cause of death for black women (including African American women) aged 25–34 years.

*The rate of AIDS diagnosis for black women was approximately 23 times the rate for white women and 4 times the rate for Latina women

*In 2006, teen girls represented 39% of AIDS cases reported among 13–19 year-olds. Black teens represented 69% of cases reported among 13–19 year-olds; Latino teens represented 19%

These statistics were pulled from The Center for Disease Control’s website and the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Fact Sheets (which cited the CDC). Get more information about the effect of the epidemic from these sites.

We definitely would like to thank those bloggers who are Rocking the Red Pump:

A Blog of a Good Time | A Day in the Life | A Fly Girl’s World | A Room Of My Own | Adventures in Divorce | Aesthetic Design Style | Afrobella | Aliya S. King | | ArtiatesiaDeal | Awesomely Luvvie | Because I Said SO! | Belle Noir Magazine::Big. Beautiful. You. | Best Professional Designer Fashion Jewelry | BK Diva Chronicles | Black Woman Lost & Found | blackgivesback | Blaq.Vixen.Beauty | Brownngirl | Canto de Sirena | Chronicles of a Lost WomanChild | Circa 1982 | Clumps of Mascara | Coming of Age | Cubicle Crusaders | Cutie Booty Cakes | DiverCity, USA | Electronic Village | Eternal Sunshine | Faux Goody Two Shoes | Free Therapy… or else | FROM MY BROWN EYED VIEW | [fung’ke] [blak] [chik] | GirlGrowingGraciously | GOODENess!!! | Healthbolt | Hey, You Asked! | House of IG | I’ll Think Of a Title Later | Inverted Reflection | Joan of All Trades | Love Becomes Her | Love Notes From A Runner | LUXE TIPS! | Make Blog Not War | Mattanda Creations | Mel, A Dramatic Mommy | Mopwater PR + Media Notes | Mrs Windy City | MUSEACDonline | My Life – A Work In Progress | MyBrownBaby | Naked and Natural | NoLa Divine: The Feel Good Inktress | NSOROMA TUNTUM SHININ’ | Positively Adopted | Princess Dominique – Fashion.Celebrity. Style | random and pressing details | rants of a wild child | Reign of the Girl-Child
* RoboCop’s ProdigaL RevoluTion | rsvp event planning and management | Searching for Satisfaction | See, What Had Happened Was… | Shoe Smitten | Shoes & Booze | Still Water Runs Deep | Stripped | Stylescrybe Says… | Super Hussy Media | Tea and Such | The ChatterBox Reviews | The CurvyGurl Chronicles | The Fabulous Giver | The Goodie Bag | The Holly Golightly Tales | The Life & Times of Robin Monique | The Mis-Education of Bessie Winn…. | The Sassy Peach | The Soul of A Queen | This Fabulous Life | Verb Fashion | What Would Thembi Do? | Women Making Moves | Urbane Girl |

For more information on National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Day, and to find out events going on in your area, go to

If you’re in Chicago, come to The Red Pump Happy Hour at Plush Restaurant & Lounge (1104 W. Madison from 6:30 – 8:30 to network, socialize, and raise funds & awareness about the effect of AIDS on women and girls. Proceeds are going to the Chicago Women AIDS Project.

In Kansas City, GlamStarr is hosting a Red Pump Happy Hour at The Bulldog (1715 Main St.) from 5:30 – 8pm.

Come join us at these Happy Hours and visit the official Red Pump Project Page for more information!

P.S. Ain’t the Red Pump fabulous! I would SO rock it if it could be manufactured! I thoroughly enjoyed designing it. Channeling my inner Louboutin! *coughs* If they are looking for an apprentice at the Louboutin factory, I’m ya girl! 😀

P.P.S. *If you are wearing red pumps in honor of today, you can upload your pics to our Flickr group!

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  1. Villager
    March 10, 2009 at 5:09 am

    Hotep! I am wearing a red shirt today(easier for me than most as I live in Cincinnati, home of a baseball team called the Reds). Anyhow, I invite your blog readers to check out our groupsite dedicated to HIV/AIDS Awareness on a 365/24/7 basis.

    peace, Villager

  2. Blackberry Molasses/The Rebel Intellectual
    March 10, 2009 at 5:29 am

    I’m going to be the office harlot and rock my red pumps with a black wrap dress today… HOLLA!

  3. niaNaturally
    March 10, 2009 at 6:42 am

    I’m rocking the red pump virtually, but I am rocking a red shirt at work today. Thanks for starting this great project.

    March 10, 2009 at 8:28 am

    I realized today that I actually have a red pair of pumps and they are rather fancy. Yours are quite fly if I do say so myself! I would dare to be red and wear them but its a bit chilly today so I have on a red shirt.

    Thanks for creating such a campaign! I e-mailed many women at my university (faculty, students, and professors about this cause. They express to you and anyone else involved much virtual love!

    God bless and continue your great work!

  5. T
    March 10, 2009 at 10:19 am

    You should be up to 97 (if not much higher). The Plunge My LifeStyle Change Story isn’t on the list and Silence is Sound is adding shortly (both blogspots).

  6. KindredSmile
    March 10, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Chile, I been rocking red pumps alll the day long. Well, they’re actually burgundy, but mah heart is in the right place!

  7. Wifey
    March 10, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Kudos on raising awareness for such a great cause! Nice shoes, too.

    Winks & Smiles,

  8. Luvvie
    March 11, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Villager – Thank you for adding us to your page. And we will join your groupsite.

    BBMo – LMAO @ office harlot. I’m sure you were FIERCE!

    Nia – YESSSS! Thanks for your support

    Young Lioness – I wanna c a pic of ur fancy red pumps. You should upload them on the Red Pump project Flickr page.

    T – They both hit us up. Thank you for spreading the word!

    Kindred – Burgundy works in MY book. You know I’s a fan of all shaeds of red.

    Wifey – Thank you!!