While Twitter can be a platform for dialogue and community, it has gained a reputation for being a space where misogynistic trolls roam free — tweeting their hatred at will.
In a time where feminist discourse has never been greater or more important, Twitter has become a new battleground to be won.
Here are thirteen women whose Twitter game is on point:
1. Caitlin Moran
Caitlin Moran, journalist and feminist author, is known for her frank feminism. She isn’t afraid to go there. Periods, body hair, sex. No stone is left unturned in Moran’s quest for equality.
Rules of Feminism: 1) Women are equal to men 2) Don’t be a dick 3) Er, that’s it.
— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) June 13, 2014
2. Sofie Hagen
Sofie Hagen is a Danish comedian whose material runs the gamut — from feminism to mental health. Along with her standup comedy, she is a founding member of the comedy podcast The Guilty Feminist and creator of the Made of Human podcast.
Hey women who are anti-feminist because you think it’ll get you laid: There’s dick on the right side of history too – and it’s better.
— Sofie Hagen (@SofieHagen) February 27, 2016
3. Shappi Khorsandi
Shappi Khorsandi isn’t a stranger to adversity. The British comedian and author penned an autobiography called A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English about her experiences trying to fit in after moving from Iran to the UK. Along with culture and diversity, the comedian speaks out on behalf of women on social media and in her novels.
Why International Women’s Day?Because FGM is still a reality, education still denied to some women,rape is still a weapon of war…and page3
— Shappi Khorsandi (@ShappiKhorsandi) March 8, 2013
4. Hannah Witton
Hannah Witton is a guiding light for the next generation of young feminists. Witton’s career began with her YouTube channel where she shares videos about feminism, sexuality, and adulting. The young creative is now the co-founder of a feminist book club and podcast. She will be releasing her first novel called Doing It next month. In the tweet below, Witton was responding to an article released by The Sun that shamed fellow YouTuber Zoella for posting what they called a “risque” photograph (Zoella was wearing a long sleeve shirt and underwear).
5. Sophie Morgan
Sophie Morgan is a presenter and activist for the disabled. Morgan is a voice in a segment of feminism that is so often underrepresented. She has recently embarked upon a project to create wheelchairs for mannequins in order to change the way fashion views people with disabilities. Her Twitter feed is a catalogue of her adventures, demonstrating that there’s nothing she can’t do.
6. Minna Salami
Minna Salami is a feminist writer and speaker whose Twitter feed is a treasure trove of wisdom. In 2009, she left her career as a project manager to pursue her calling to become a writer. Along with brilliant feminist thought, Salami uses Twitter to share content by black scholars and creatives.
Sadly, contemporary feminism is too vested in appearances and faux-empowerment speak to treat love as a space of radical transformation
— Minna Salami (@MsAfropolitan) February 14, 2017
7. Sarah Millican
Sarah Millican’s prolific career as a comedian has both given her an influential platform and made her a target of sexist attacks. Millican uses her voice to bite back at the haters. She has also created the online feminist magazine Standard Issue.
8. Alison Spittle
Alison Spittle is a burgeoning comedian whose experiences growing up in a small Irish town have given her a mountain of things to say. Spittle’s comedy is feminist, body positive, and mental health aware.
The backlash against #feminism is annoying. C’mon people, it’s a movement for equality not mumford and sons.
— Alison Spittle (@AlisonSpittle) November 17, 2014
9. Paris Lees
Paris Lees is a journalist, presenter, and trans activist whose Twitter game is all kinds of powerful. Lees uses her social media to reflect upon political developments from her point of view as a transgender feminist. She doesn’t hesitate to call out hypocrisy — especially when it comes to feminism. Lees argues for intersectionality in which the voices of all women are included.
If your “feminism” excludes women of colour, trans, disabled women, sex workers and poor people, you don’t want equality, you want privilege
— Paris Lees (@parislees) February 12, 2017
10. Mhairi Black
Mhairi Black is a Scottish MP and the youngest member of the House of Commons. Being young, female and gay, Black represents an important intersection of feminism. She brings parliamentary politics to the people in a way that is upfront and relatable.
11. Nimko Ali
To say Nimko Ali uses Twitter to voice her opinions would be an understatement. Nothing is taboo or off limits. She literally wrote a book called “Rude: There is no such thing as over-sharing” which is her exact attitude when it comes to her tweets. The feminist and FGM survivor uses her voice to advocate for women’s rights, especially women who are at risk of, or have experienced FGM.
12. Emma Watson
Emma Watson has became a force in social media movements since she helped launch the #HeforShe campaign in 2014. She has used her platforms to spread a message of equality.
The tweet below shows Watson laughing in an act of defiance against Turkey’s deputy prime minister who said women shouldn’t laugh in public.
13. J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling is the queen of Twitter troll takedowns. The author is a savage when it comes to hitting back at intolerance, misogyny, and general idiocy. Rowling packs more punches in 140 characters than anyone else.