The Power of She

Our mission is to ignite a community of active, healthy, confident women and girls who empower each other to reach their limitless potential.

Simone Biles and group of youth wearing Simone's collection.

Athleta was founded in 1998 to meet the unique needs of athletic women.​

Catalog Covers from Across the Years


Athleta was founded in 1998 to meet the unique needs of athletic women. Acquired by Gap, Inc. in 2008, we opened our first store in Mill Valley, California in 2011. 2016 saw the launch of the community-driven Power of She campaign and the debut of Athleta Girl. In 2018, we became a certified B Corp, reinforcing our commitment to business as a force for good.

Allyson Felix became Athleta’s first-ever sponsored athlete in 2019, changing the conversation around athlete sponsorships—particularly for female athletes. In 2020, we launched the Power of She Fund, providing grants to organizations reaching women and girls through movement and connection. In 2021, we introduced extended sizing (XXS-3X) online and in every Athleta store; launched AthletaWell, an immersive digital platform for women; and welcomed Simone Biles as our second sponsored athlete. 

Mother and Daughter Doing Yoga Together


Inspiration. Motivation. Connection. It’s what we do best. We built this brand on the belief that what unites us as active women and girls is stronger than any obstacles in our way. We know that when all women come together, we’re unstoppable, and we aim to inspire that feeling of community in everything we do.

We set ambitious goals to challenge ourselves—and others—to work differently. We are a brand designed by women, for women creating beautiful, technical, and concious clothing. It’s about doing the right thing, especially when it’s hard. We’re proud to be recognized for putting people and planet right up there with profit by being a certified B Corp.

Learn More About Our Core Values

Two Employees Working


We believe that being active and engaged makes life far richer and bigger than it would otherwise be. We look for people who share our values and passion for an active lifestyle, creating game-changing products and experiences, and building community to stretch personally and professionally.

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