Our Constitution has been amended, or changed, 27 times. Each change was consequential for the United States, with some amendments including the abolishment of slavery and setting term limits for U.S. presidents.
On August 26, 1920 the 19th amendment was ratified, and stated voting rights cannot be denied based on sex, after failing numerous times to be ratified by the House and Senate starting in 1878.
“Woman is woman. She can not unsex herself or change her sphere. Let her be content with her lot and perform those high duties intended for her by the Great Creator, and she will accomplish far more in governmental affairs than she can ever accomplish by mixing up in the dirty pool of politics. Keep the home pure and all will be well with the Republic.” - J.B. Sanford, Senator of California, 1911, Argument Against Women's Suffrage
Fifty years after the ratification, a series of protests organized by Betty Friedan and the National Organization for Women (NOW) took place nationwide in order to show the American media the scope and power of second-wave feminism.
According to the Times in 1970, “Virtually all of the nation’s systems — industry, unions, the professions, the military, the universities, even the organizations of the New Left — [were] quintessentially masculine establishments.”
This day of nation-wide protests became known as Women’s Equality Day.
In 1971, Representative Bella Abzug introduced a bill to mark August 26 as National Women’s Equality Day. The bill requests the president issue a proclamation annually to commemorate the protest and the Women’s Suffrage.
Since the ratification of the 19th amendment and the subsequent protests, steps have been taken to create a more equal world for everyone; however, there are still major issues when it comes to equality. Take the wage gap, for example. The gap between sex and race. According to Robin Bleiweis of the Center for American Progress, a white woman is paid an average of 79 cents for every dollar that a white man makes. For women of color, this pay gap is even more drastic.
A black woman will make 62 cents for every dollar a white man makes. A LatinX woman will only make 54 cents for every dollar a white man makes, earning little more than half of what white men make for the same amount of work with equal qualifications and education.
Steps can be taken to ensure equal pay for all individuals, according to Stephen Miller of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Regular pay audits, upgrading existing technology, unionization and not asking about previous pay history are all steps that can be taken to make the workplace a more equal place for all.
Hot Box Cookies prides ourselves on ensuring all our customers and employees are treated equally and fairly, regardless of sex, gender, race, ability or orientation.
With Women’s Equality Day fast approaching, we want you to nominate a woman in your life who’s impacting the community. Post on Instagram and tag us for a chance to win a free 12 pack.
As we enter July, we at Hot Box Cookies want to make sure you have many opportunities to sweeten up your summer. So we’re giving you a heads up on many of our upcoming promotions! Hot Box Cookies makes your summer a little sweeter with our July promotions!
July 4 – Independence Day
We’re starting our list off with a bang. Until July 7 not only can you get yourself a box of 12 cookies, you also get a pint of ice cream with our Freedom Pack for only $20!
Why not take our cookies to the various events that are happening this Fourth of July? You can watch fireworks under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, watch the Kansas City Air Show or head to Flat Branch Park for more fireworks in Columbia!
July 7 – Chocolate Day
A whole day dedicated to chocolate? Yeah, you heard us right. We at Hot Box Cookies love our chocolate, so of course we have something for you chocolate aficionados.
For the whole day and night, we’re offering free delivery on all orders. Use the code SOSWEET on online orders for pickup, curbside or delivery.
July 9 – Sugar Cookie Day
Sometimes you just want to appreciate the simple things in life. What is simpler than a sugar cookie?
To celebrate this simply scrumptious sweet, we’re giving away a free vegan sugar cookie with any purchase. Just use the code TREATYOSELF on online orders for pickup, curbside or delivery.
July 18 – Ice Cream Day
Ice cream is a fantastic way to beat the July heat. When you purchase two or more cookies, you can add on a free scoop of any flavor ice cream. Use the code C.R.E.A.M. on online orders for pickup, curbside or delivery.
July 28 – Milk Chocolate Day
Two days in July dedicated to chocolate? Yes, please! We’re celebrating this day by giving away a free chocolate chip cookie with any purchase. Use the code SILKYSMOOTH on online orders for pickup, curbside or delivery.
Saturday marks Juneteenth, which is honored and celebrated by the African American community as the day of their independence; the day when their slavery came to an end.
President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation was a large factor behind the freedom of many slaves. However, the effects of the Proclamation were not immediate, and many slave-owners were reluctant to offer freedom to their slaves.
According to Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., even after General Robert E. Lee’s surrender, many Confederate, or Southern soldiers continued to fight. In Mississippi, Union, or Northern soldiers fought remnants of the Confederate army until late May, with many ex-Confederate soldiers continuing to harass and plunder areas after their surrender.
There was more non-violent resistance, with many slave owners retreating to Texas from Mississippi, Louisiana and other former Confederate states. Professor Gates, Jr. states it was not until two and a half years after Lincoln’s Proclamation was made that Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Texas to enforce the executive order. This date was June 19, 1865 and it was celebrated then as it is celebrated now.
To many African Americans, Juneteenth is an important holiday and a day of remembrance. It is a day of celebration, as well as a day to honor their ancestors and culture. Unfortunately, according to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Juneteenth is not well known outside of the African American community. And for some, this blog post may be the first they’ve ever heard of this holiday.
How can one celebrate this day? There are many ways, but perhaps one of the easiest ways is to tell others. Juneteenth is not a nationally recognized holiday, but is recognized as a state holiday in all but three states. Spreading the knowledge of such a day would help tremendously towards building more awareness of Juneteenth, and garner support for the African American community.
Consider celebrating with loved ones by sharing a meal, supporting black-owned businesses, and educating yourself by attending The Field Museum’s Juneteenth Celebration June 19, at 1 p.m.
No matter how you celebrate Juneteenth, Hot Box Cookies wishes to state its acknowledgement of the holiday.
What pairs better than a good book and delicious cookies? If you ask us, nothing. In honor of Pride Month, Hot Box Cookies has curated the perfect LGTBQ+ reading list for you and paired each wonderfully written book from Left Bank Books with a cookie we think you would enjoy most when reading.
1). One Life – Megan Rapinoe
In this biography authored by Olympic Gold Medalist and two-time Women’s World Cup Champion Megan Rapinoe, the reader follows the soccer player through her life. From the day she came out as openly gay to the public backlash she received from taking a knee during the national anthem in 2016, Rapinoe creates a compelling story of her life and her journey. To give the story its full kick, we recommend pairing this story with one of our cookies and crème cookies. The resemblance to a soccer ball is obvious.
2). The Secret to Superhuman Strength – Alison Bechdel
A moving graphic memoir, readers will become engrossed in Alison Bechdel’s exploration of various fitness crazes from the 1960s and beyond. Beautifully illustrated pages show how Bechdel tries to improve herself through both physical and spiritual means. We are almost certain you will snicker once or twice at these doodles, so we heartedly suggest pairing this novel with the cinnamon taste of our snickerdoodles.
3). Untamed – Glennon Doyle
Untamed seeks one thing, and that is to teach you that you don’t need to live up to society’s expectations. Author Glennon Doyle’s memoir tells the reader just that, as she explores her awakening into the LGBTQ+ community and seeks to begin living her life anew. Just how Doyle became ‘untamed’ in the eyes of society, we think this novel pairs best with our equally untamed gluten-free Monster cookie.
4). Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America; Essays – R. Eric Thomas
In a deeply soulful yet humorous series of essays, R. Eric Thomas guides readers through his life story as he seeks to redefine what is “normal.” From growing up in a white suburbia as a black child to covering the 2016 elections, Thomas’ work is sure to captivate. For an equally soulful experience for your mouth, we highly suggest pairing this collection of essays with our chocolate white chocolate cookie.
5). Torch Song Trilogy – Harvey Fierstein
In a wonderfully humorous collection of Broadway plays, readers will follow the life lead nightclub drag performer Arnold Beckoff. You can expect to experience many laughs as readers will follow Arnold in his pursuit for a life he can be proud of. Just as the book has a colorful cast of characters, we recommend pairing this collection of plays with our equally colorful M&M cookie.
6). Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters - Dominique Crenn
In this memoir, readers will follow the story of Dominique Crenn as she carves a name for herself in the male-dominated industry of professional cooking. A powerful story of success, Crenn satisfies readers appetites with her engaging life story. We recommend pairing this book with our vegan sugar cookies, which is just as bold as Dominique Crenn herself.
7). Broken Horses: A Memoir – Brandi Carlile
Written by six time Grammy Award winner Brandi Carlile, this memoir captures the artist’s journey from a small town teen to a world renowned musician. Carlile weaves her life story to her readers in a piercingly honest way, making it seem as though she is sitting right next to you as she recounts her story. We recommend pairing this story with our chocolate chip cookie: an instant classic, like this memoir.
8). Under the Rainbow: A Novel – Celia Laskey
In this novel by Celia Laskey, readers will follow the journey of a small town as it is introduced to a wave of LGBTQ individuals in an attempt to broaden the minds of the residents of the town. A compelling story, we believe this pairs nicely with our peanut butter Reese’s Pieces cookie: a small splash of color in an otherwise classic cookie.
9). Something to Talk About – Meryl Wilsner
When a superstar actress makes her assistant laugh on the red carpet, rumors start to spark saying the two are in a romantic relationship. In this romantic comedy, Meryl Wilsner weaves a slow-burn romance as these two women come to realize the rumors may have some truth after all. We recommend pairing this novel with our red velvet cookie: a taste of the red carpet in your hands.
10). Memorial – Bryan Washington
Following the story of a gay couple who live together in Houston, Bryan Washington has the reader follow their story as they put their relationship to the test. One man returns to Japan to visit his dying estranged father, while the other has to live with his partner’s mother as unconventional roommates. We recommend pairing this novel with our oatmeal chocolate chip cookie; an unconvention, yet delightful combination.
Each of these novels can be purchased from Left Bank Books, and don’t forget to pick up a Pride Pack from one of our stores. Proceeds go to Equality Kansas and PROMO.
Soon June will arrive, and with it will come a tidal wave of color, acceptance and love. Otherwise known as Pride Month, June is a time for those within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) community and their supporters to not only support one another, but also lobby for change and preach acceptance.
Unfortunately, Pride Month did not start with love and rainbows, but with hatred and misunderstanding. According to the Library of Congress’s archives, there was originally just a day of remembrance for the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a six-day protest in response to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a prevalent gay hangout. As time passed, the day evolved into a month to recognize the impact of LGBTQIA individuals on history in all facets of the world.
As the LGBTQIA movement has grown, many companies offer their support in favor of these individuals fighting for less discrimination and greater understanding of a marginalized group of people. From donations to charities to simply wearing rainbows to work, even the smallest show of support helps.
That is why the cookie brand, Hot Box Cookies, is offering their support to the LGBTQIA community this Pride Month. But why?
"Hot Box Cookies was founded on love and acceptance, and we implement those values into everything we do. We're a company who accepts everyone and we always have,” Christina Chastain, Director of Brand Marketing for Hot Box Cookies said. “We're a company who gives back to our community and Pride Month is no different. This year, portions of our proceeds for the month of June will be going to PROMO and Equality Kansas, two organizations who are doing amazing work in the LGBTQIA community. We just want to make sure we're showing and acting on love and support continuously for our employees, our friends, families, and community."
Both organizations are charities that lobby for legal reform and changes in community education to help end discrimination against the LGBTQIA community and ensure equality for all individuals. You can support them both by purchasing Pride Packs from Hot Box Cookies, and you can also offer your support directly by clicking on the links to their websites below.
And while supporting the LGBTQIA community is important, it is equally important to honor the fathers who support their children during this month and continue to love them unconditionally no matter where they fall on the rainbow. Hot Box Cookies will happily let Dad (or both your Dads) know you care by gift packing their cookies with a special and personalized Father’s Day card. Thank them for all the times you went fishing together, or stood by his car awkwardly with a flashlight!
June is a month full of days to take advantage of Hot Box Cookies deals with Dad or your LGBTQIA friends. June 7 is Chocolate Ice Cream Day, so with a purchase of two or more cookies you can get yourself a free scoop of chocolate ice cream. Or maybe on June 12 you would want a free peanut butter cookie on Peanut Butter Cookie Day. Even better, keep an eye out on June 8 on Hot Box’s social media accounts for Best Friend’s Day for a chance to win a 12 pack for you and your friends to share!
So if you want to fly your own rainbow flag, support your queer friends and family, or just tell dad thanks for everything, there are plenty of deals available at Hot Box Cookies this month for you to take advantage of.
Link to PROMO
Link to Equality Kansas
Earning free cookies has never been easier. Introducing the new Hot Box Cookies reward system, where you’ll earn points for every dollar you spend on cookies.
How do you get started? Each order you place will contribute to your rewards points - so let’s get some cookies! Here are step by step instructions of how to earn and redeem cookie cash for a sweet reward.
STEP 1: Start by opening up the irresistible hotboxcookies.com. Select “Order Now” at the top left side of the homepage.
STEP 2: Select “Login/Register” at the top right of the screen. This will allow you to access your account.
STEP 3: If you have a Hot Box Cookies’ account, great! Login and check out your profile. If not, select “Create an Account” and fill out the needed information.
STEP 4: After you’ve successfully logged in, select your profile at the top right corner of the screen. This will take you to your account information, order history, rewards marketplace & history.
STEP 5: Here you can access the Rewards Marketplace and redeem points earned into Hot Box Cookies gift cards! Earning cookie cash has never been easier.
1,000 points = $5 Gift Card
2,000 points = $10 Gift Card
A rewards system we can all get behind. Place an online order & start earning today! What’s your rewards balance?
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December 4, 2019 | Insider
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in Every State
ST. LOUIS, MO – Hot Box Cookies is teaming up with Treats Unleashed to be able to provide treats for both you and your pets. They are launching a line of dog-friendly “Carob Chip Cookies”. Carob chips are made from the pod of a carob tree, with a natural sweetness that is less bitter than chocolate-and totally dog safe.
The cookies will be available in the St. Louis area beginning November 11, 2019. Dog cookies are now available at all 5 locations!
The release of these dog cookies coincides with the release of brand-new website, a new online ordering system, and a new cookie for humans. The “Becky”, a pumpkin spice-molasses cookie, is the first of twelve seasonal cookies.
Hot Box Cookies originated in Columbia, MO, in 2008. You can find them in the St. Louis area in Clayton, the Central West End, and South Grand.
October 19, 2018 | The Daily Meal
The Best Cookie in Every State
Missouri: Hot Box Cookies bakes and delivers warm cookies in St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri, and Lawrence, Kansas. There are one dozen flavors to choose from. Customers can order six, 12, 18, 24, and 36 cookies in flavors like chocolate chip, Cookies N’ Crème, M&M, Snickerdoodle, peanut butter, peanut butter Reese’s Pieces, peanut butter chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, oatmeal chocolate chip, Monster, red velvet, and chocolate white chocolate. Hot Box Cookies also makes luscious Icing Sandwiches (vanilla icing sandwiched between two cookies of customers’ choices). Cookie cakes and ice cream sandwiches round out the offerings.