Women have the power to change the world, and social media continues to inspire women to use their voices to do just that. Check out these five social media movements that show women fighting for the equality they deserve. We know you’ll moved by their determination to make a difference!
#SheInspiresMe: Celebrating International Women’s Day
On International Women’s Day (March 8), Twitter launched #SheInspiresMe. The initiative’s goal is to create a culture of women supporting women, and to lift and empower female voices.
To further the campaign’s message, Twitter had a photographer capture strong female leaders at the 2017 Cannes International Festival of Creativity for an incredible slam poetry film (above). I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling inspired.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg gave a TED Talk and wrote an eye-opening book about how women can feel held back in the workplace. Her book drove a national conversation on how women can take charge of their careers by “leaning in” and and encouraged countless women to not be afraid of speaking their truth.
“Women are held back by many things – by bias, by lack of flexibility, by lack of opportunity. We also hold ourselves back – we don’t raise our hands, we don’t let our voices be loud enough,” Sandberg says in a video on LeanIn.org. “It was after watching myself quietly lean back and miss so many opportunities, that I started to talk about it… All of us should have opportunity based on our passions and interests, not on our gender.”
In 2006, community activist Tarana Burke founded the Me Too Movement to spread awareness about sexual assault among women of color. In 2017, #MeToo became a viral movement when actress Alyssa Milano tweeted this:
What started as recognition of Hollywood’s systemic sexual harassment problem grew into a global movement showing the magnitude of sexual abuse for women from all walks of life. Twelve million people posted to Facebook using the hashtag in the first 24 hours after Alyssa Milano’s post, and it’s been adopted globally in countries like Israel, India, France and Italy.
The movement ultimately lead to more than 300 women in Hollywood creating the Time’s Up Initiative, which aims to help fight sexual violence and harassment in the workplace through lobbying and providing funding for victims to get legal help if they can’t afford it.
Last year, over 500,000 women marched on the nation’s capital and many more marched in major cities across the country (and even the world!). In fact, experts estimate that 4.2 million people marched in order to make their voices heard.
This widespread movement took over social media networks with #WhyIMarch and sparked important conversations about gender equality and women’s rights.
In fact, the event was such a success in showing the impact that women can have that organizers are repeating it for 2018, with the title of “Power to the Polls,” encouraging women to use their voice by voting in this year’s midterm elections.