14 women using social media to change the world
From the Suffragettes who chained themselves to Parliament railings to condemn the treatment of women, to the grainy images from the 1970s of protestors marching for everything from reproductive rights to workplace equality; the mobilisation of women against misogyny has been a crucial part of 20th Century history.
Taking to the streets was and still is key to the ongoing fight for liberation, but social media has changed the playing field.
The rise of global online activism or “networked feminism” is the world’s answer to this impassioned form of protest. Sites like Facebook and Instagram are being used to respond to sexism with just the click of a button.
Women such as Tarana Burke, an activist who first launched the #MeToo movement in 2006 on Myspace years before allegations came to light against disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein’s for sexual assault have utilised the tools at our disposal in the digital age.
Meanwhile, there are individuals like Chidera Eggerue, whose viral hashtag #SaggyBoobsMatter inspires body positivity all over the world.
From exposing sexual harassment that women suffer on a daily basis to elevating the voices of minorities, social media has become a powerful tool for women to address the infinite problems in society.
Click on the gallery above to see the women who are using social media to make the world a better place.