A recent study confirmed that Twitter is dominated by white, male voices. Of the top one percent of Twitter users with the most followers, 57 percent were male and 43 percent female. In addition, Black and Asian women had the least number of followers. In light of these findings, it seems as good a time as any for folks to add more diverse voices to their feeds. Here’s 50 feminists you should hear out.
1. Alicia Garza
Garza is the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement. She spends her time on Twitter supporting the lives of Black women and men who are discriminated against for simply being who they are. She’s all about taking action and calling out the marginalization of people of color.
Let's all stand with our sister. And also, let's be more proactive in defying hate everywhere it rears its ugly head. https://t.co/vGa0ZJpTAr
— Alicia Garza (@aliciagarza) June 2, 2017
2. Amandla Stenberg
Stenberg is best known for her role as “Rue” in The Hunger Games series, but on Twitter she’s all about empowering women of color and showcasing them. She also takes her time to school everyone on culture appropriation (*cough* Kylie Jenner *cough*).
— Amandla (@amandlastenberg) April 24, 2016
3. America Ferrera
Besides being an incredible actor and producer, Ferrera is an activist in the streets and in Twitterverse, advocating for not only the rights of women, but women of color, poor women of color and immigrants. She always has something empowering to say.
Dear Latinos: We may not go to sleep now. We must keep engaging and emerge as the strong political voice we have the potential to be.
— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) November 7, 2012
4. Andi Zeisler
Zeiser is the co-founder of Bitch Media, a nonprofit feminist media organization based in Portland, Oregon. She isn’t afraid to shade the New York Times, enough said.
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) July 7, 2017
5. Anna Akana
Akana is an actor, filmmaker, producer and comedian but is better known for her YouTube channel, which has over 1.8 million subscribers. Her followers get updates of all her projects and awesome opinions (facts) like this one.
6. Barbara Boxer
Boxer is a former U.S. Senator from California who literally has pages dedicated to all her accomplishments in her book The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life, because she’s done that much. She helped pass the Violence Against Women Act and increase AIDS funding. She’s also not afraid to voice her opinions.
President Trump can buy any kind of afterschool care for his grandkids, but he cares not for those who don't live in towers. #TrumpBudget
— Barbara Boxer (@BarbaraBoxer) March 21, 2017
7. bell hooks
hooks is an author, feminist and social activist that has contributed to the movement with her books on race, sex, gender, sexuality and intersectionality.
One can critique yet still admire. I can be critical of Beyonce and yet also appreciate aspects of her power and representation.
— The Real bell hooks (@bellhooks) May 11, 2016
8. Bernice King
King is the youngest child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. She is a public speaker, lawyer and minister. She often spends time on Twitter reminding followers of her father’s legacy in the Civil Rights Movement.
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) April 5, 2017
9. Carly Findlay
Findlay is a blogger, writer, speaker and appearance activist. She speaks about what it’s like to have a visibly different appearance. She knows how to use a hashtag, and never fails to say the right things.
10. Carmen Rios
Rios is the digital editor at Ms., managing editor at Argot, a contributor at Everyday Feminism and co-host of the Bossy Show. Similar to Hillary Clinton, her trolls don’t faze her.
11. Cherrie Moraga
Moraga is a queer Chicana writer, feminist activist and co-editor of “This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, an anthology of feminist thought. She frequently posts events she will appear at and will occasionally call out #45.
Mr. Trump: You will not be invited to the conversation until you have made reparations https://t.co/fwdRJaUdTF
— Cherrie Moraga (@CherrieMoraga) November 13, 2016
12. Denice Frohman
Frohman is an award-winning poet, writer, performer, educator and speaker. Her work explores the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender and sexuality. She’s the definition of WOKE and her tweets show it.
If you, like me, believe our "liberation is bound up" in each other's, then we can't remain silent when our brothers/sisters are murdered.
— Denice Frohman (@denicefrohman) June 17, 2017
13. Dolores Huerta
Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez and has worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers for years. She is a true icon in the Latino community and represents them proudly.
— Dolores Huerta (@DoloresHuerta) March 28, 2017
14. Eleanor Smeal
Smeal is the president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to women’s equality, reproductive health and non-violence. She has played a leading role in both national and state campaigns for over two decades. She has no time for the patriarchy.
Why is it that 1st woman in first general election prez #debates has only a man to moderate? Was there no woman journalist also available?
— Ellie Smeal (@elliesmeal) September 27, 2016
15. Ellen DeGeneres
DeGeneres is an award-winning day time television host, comedian actor, writer and producer. Her selfies go viral on Twitter and she has time to tag friends to show support, no matter what.
.@HillaryClinton, however this ends tonight I am so proud of you and so honored to be your friend.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 9, 2016
16. Elizabeth Warren
The Senator of Massachusetts made headlines when she was silenced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who unintentionally created a rallying cry for supporters of Warren when he said, “Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) January 21, 2017
17. Emma Watson
Watson is an actor and activist who was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in July 2014. She hosted HeForShe, a solidarity campaign for the advancement of women. On Twitter, she spends time advocating feminism, education for women of all ages and the importance of literature.
— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) September 8, 2016
18. Gabrielle Giffords
Gliffords is a former Arizona congresswoman who made headlines when she was the victim of an assassination attempt. She has dedicated herself to public service for more than 15 years and co-founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, a non-profit organization that supports gun control. Giffords supports the survivor and disabled community on Twitter.
— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) June 21, 2017
19. Gloria Steinem
Besides being a pioneering feminist and activist, Steinem is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and co-founder of Ms.
A friendly reminder that "we have to behave as if everything we do matters, because it might." #MyLifeOnTheRoad
— Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem) December 16, 2015
20. Hillary Clinton
Clinton made history when she became the first woman to become the presidential nominee of a major political party, but she also made major moves as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. Not only are her actions empowering, so are her words.
Every child should be able to live up to their God-given potential, no matter where they come from, what they look like, or who they love.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 8, 2016
21. Janet Mock
The New York Times best-selling author, host, columnist and transgender rights activist is a voice for the voiceless.
To young trans folk: Remember this is your school too. You deserve equal access, affirmation & education. You belong. Nothing is wrong w you
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) February 23, 2017
22. Jazz Jennings
Besides being a reality star, Jennings is the co-founder of the Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation, an organization supporting trans youth. She offers genuine advice, but does’t care for etiquette on Twitter.
From my perspective, there is no “easier” path to being transgender. Each journey is different and we all face various challenges.
— Jazz Jennings (@JazzJennings__) July 13, 2017
23. Jen Kirkman
Kirkman is a best-selling author and comedian and a great observer.
24. Jessica Valenti
Valenti is best known for for spearheading the feminist movement online. She founded Feministing, a blog run by young feminists and is a best-selling author. Her tweets are on point, enough said.
25. J.K. Rowling
Rowling is best known for creating the wizarding world of Harry Potter. She is a writer, film and television producer and great at captioning gifs on Twitter.
You tiny, tiny, tiny little man.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 25, 2017
26. Kamala Harris
Harris is the senator of California. She is dedicated to fighting for justice and providing a voice for the voiceless. She reminds us that the fight for basic human rights is not over.
Remember: The health care bill isn’t over until the bill is dead. If we raise our voices together, we can win this fight — (202) 224-3121.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 26, 2017
27. Keah Brown
Brown is a freelance writer, journalist, and creator of #DisabledAndCute. She is a firm believer that it is important to hear from all communities, especially the disability community.
Reminder: your invisible disability is valid. You don't have to prove anything to me to use the tag. It's for you too. #disabledandcute
— Keah Brown (@Keah_Maria) February 19, 2017
28. Kerry Washington
She’s the star of the Shonda Rhimes TV series ‘Scandal’ and is a feminist spokesperson. She endorsed Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election continues to show her support through Twitter.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 26, 2017
29. Kimberly Bryant
Bryant is a biotech engineer and founder of Black Girls Code. She’s all about intersectionality and hashtags.
So if I can prioritize diversity + inclusion w/ a TINY budget and as a Black woman CEO. I see no excuses for others. None. #DoBetter
— Kimberly Bryant (@6Gems) October 16, 2015
30. Laverne Cox
The Orange is The New Black star is a transgender rights activist and constantly supports the community on Twitter.
Yes sis claim your history. Often the first this or that can erase folks who have come before. Acknowledging milestones is important. https://t.co/G2TKmjt4ft
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) July 3, 2017
31. Liz Plank
Plank is the senior producer and correspondent at Vox, where she hosts a series about the presidential election. She has no time for chauvinists.
32. Malala Yousafzai
Yousafzai defied the Talibam in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived and went on t =o receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She uses Twitter to keep in touch with girls who are empowered by her.
Keep working for a better future for your community, Estela. Never lose hope.
— Malala (@Malala) July 11, 2017
33. Mara Keisling
Keisling founded the National Center for Transgender Equality, the leading social justice advocacy organization for transgender people in the U.S. She helped pass transgender-inclusive federal legislation including the revision allowing individuals to change their gender marker on their passport.
What did the President know and when did he know it?
— Mara Keisling (@MaraKeisling) July 11, 2017
34. Maria Hinojosa
Hinojosa founded Futuro Media Group and is a multimedia journalist. She of all people knows representation matters and is crucial in order to see real change.
— Maria Hinojosa (@Maria_Hinojosa) September 24, 2016
35. Maxine Waters
Waters is a leader in American politics and has gained a rep as a fearless and outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color and the impoverished.
Only a weak & impotent leader would spend more time attacking his predecessor & the free press than those in the world truly threatening US.
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) July 6, 2017
36. Melissa McEwan
McEwan founded Shakesville, a social justice blog, in which she frequently shares her wit and perspective on what’s happening with our country.
Like he wants to murder you and take your place? https://t.co/Z1T0uVbRvo
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) July 18, 2017
37. Mia Mingus
Mingus is a queer Korean feminist, community educator and organizer who advocates for prison abolition an anti-profit prison industrial complex supporter. She’s not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for those who want to represent the movement, but physically can’t.
people love disability as a symbol, not as a reality. they love what disabled people "represent," but don't love actual disabled people.
— Mia Mingus (@miamingus) March 11, 2017
38. Mindy Kaling
Kaling was the only woman in the writers’ room for the U.S. TV series The Office. Since then, she has created her own show, The Mindy Project, in which she is the main protagonist. Besides acting and producing, she is a New York Times best-selling author and comedian.
39. Mikki Kendall
Mikki Kendall is a writer, diversity consultant and occasional feminist who talks a lot about intersectionality, policing, gender, sexual assault and other current events.
I am increasingly certain Trump doesn't know what the fuck he's signing.
— ❄Mikki Kendall❄ (@Karnythia) January 30, 2017
40. Opal Tometi
Tometi co-founded the Black Lives Matter movement. She is a writer and organizer that aims to quash internet trolls.
These trolls & conservative media conglomerates are on one! Calling BLM a hate group is not only factually wrong it's dangerous.
— OPAL TOMETI (@opalayo) September 2, 2015
41. Oprah Winfrey
Winfrey is one of the most popular talk show hosts, an actor, producer and philanthropist. We are sure the list goes on.
People in tough situations ask disempowering questions. Like "why me". Once you ask with purity and sincerity it will be answered.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) October 9, 2016
42. Patrisse Cullors
Cullors co-founded the Black Lives Matter and Power Dignity movement. She’s an artist and organizer and is an informative person to follow on Twitter.
Police brutality has grave impacts on the mental health of black folks, anxiety, depression, and ptsd to name a few. No one should fear
— patrisse cullors (@OsopePatrisse) July 17, 2017
43. Prerna Lal
Lal is a DREAMer, writer and immigration and queer rights activist. Lal writes on immigration, racial justice and sexual orientation.
It's time to get rid of the whole "Immigrants do jobs Americans won't do." I'm not here to do your dirty job. Fix your own mess.
— Prerna P. Lal, Esq. (@prernaplal) November 22, 2016
44. Sady Doyle
Doyle is the author of Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock and Fear…and Why, a book on how we build up and tear down rebellious women, from the French Revolution to Perez Hilton.
Anyway, if you care about HRC and gender, it's not hard to notice that we're treating Jane Sanders exactly the way we treated Hill in 1992.
— Sady Doyle (@sadydoyle) June 25, 2017
45. Sarah McBride
McBride is currently the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign. She spoke at the 2016 DNC, becoming the first person who is transgender to do so at a major party convention.
At what point does Trump's base realize that he is actually really bad at this presidenting thing?
— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) July 13, 2017
46. Sarah Silverman
Silverman is a well-known stand-up comedian, actor, producer and writer. In her spare time, she calls out unfair double standards.
When a woman doesn't wanna get married she's a weirdo, when a man doesn't wanna get married he's George Clooney
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 13, 2012
47. Shonda Rhimes
Rhimes is best known for creating television series: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder. She is also a best-selling author and firm believer that women can do anything.
Stop asking women questions about what they wear to cover the containers they carry their brains around in. #AskHerMore
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) February 23, 2015
48. Stephanie Woodward
Woodward is the director of advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights, and member of ADAPT, which organized to assure people with disabilities receive their civil and human rights. She’s not afraid to speak up against injustice, literally anywhere she goes.
Us "wheelchairs" either need 2 be quiet while ppl blame us 4 the delayed flight or call them out&make things MORE uncomfortable. Thx @Delta
— Stephanie Woodward (@IStepFunny) July 15, 2017
49. Tammy Duckworth
Duckworth is the first Asian-American congresswoman for Illinois and first disabled female veteran to join the U.S. House of Representatives, and later became a U.S. Senator in 2016. Not only is her story inspiring, so are her tweets.
Every American would be affected by ACA repeal. If you live long enough, you will have a pre-existing condition—that is the human condition pic.twitter.com/geO7BfiU47
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) July 28, 2017
50. Winona LaDuke
LaDuke is best known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation, as well as sustainable development, as an environmentalist, economist and writer.
— WinonaLaDuke (@WinonaLaduke) June 28, 2017