There’s no surprise that feminism was the word of the year in 2017. After 2016’s political rollercoaster, people began using their voices, platforms, and actions to demand change.
However, the overwhelming demand to stay in touch with what’s going on in the world can be exhausting especially when it comes to social media. But, there are many accounts using their online presence to spread more good than bad.
They’ve made it their job to promote empowerment, information and overall positivity for the next 12 months.
So, here’s a list of organizations, companies and online communities to follow to make 2018 the year of prosperity:
Social media is a great opportunity to continue on the movement, so their account always tries to inform their followers on the next big project.
The TIME’s UP movement introduced at the 75th Annual Golden Globes calls out the sexual harassment, sexual assault, and gender bias in the workplace. It’s a call to action on the inequality and the newly made Instagram points out letters from female farmworkers to quotes from powerful women in Hollywood.
In over two weeks, the account has over 553,000 followers and counting. However, the number of followers online is nothing compared to the millions of followers fighting in real life for change.
Now, immediately you think, ‘Why is a dating app on the list?’ Well, the women-owned business gives women the chance to make the first move. They take charge in developing relationships in business, friendships and dating.
Bumble uses bold typeface to prove a point in not only the dating world, but what women face everyday from catcalling to societal gender roles.
Gurls Talk is a social platform for women to share their experiences on topics ranging from body positivity to anxiety. The safe space was founded by Adwoa Aboah, a model and activist, who wanted to create an online safe space for all women to be apart of.
The account primarily provides art and quotes made from powerful illustrators, celebrities and more.
Sad Girls Club is an online community that sheds light on mental health and dismantling the stigma around it. The online platform was inspired by the founder Elyse Fox’s documentary about her life with depression.
The almost one year community strives to create a support system and provide services for girls who don’t have access to therapy and treatment.
MAKERS is a platform that highlights female trailblazers from Oprah Winfrey to Lilly Singh. They’ve created original content and encourage others to tell their own stories with MAKERS Stories.
The account caters to powerful quotes, clips from their interviewees and highlights from the media.
The Girl Mob is a New York-based online platform catered to women of color. Their mission is to bring solidarity through events, personal essays, and their very own podcast.
The vibrant account promotes art, sexuality, and equality for women. It also promotes events to bring and grow their community.
The online book club, Our Shared Shelf, was created by Emma Watson. The actress wanted to share her favorite books and essays on equality with her Goodreads group.
The feminist book club highlights a book of the month and some of the 260,000 and counting readers.
Five For Feminism creates visualization to bring up a variety of women issues. For every post, the owner of the account donates $5 to a charity related to the post.
Girlboss was created by author and entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso for women to take charge of their decisions whether it’s in the workplace or personal life.
According to their website, there community is made up of “strong, curious, and ambitious women redefining success on our own terms.” It’s determination is shown on social media with positive quotes and fellow ‘Girl Bosses.’
Women Interrupted is a mobile app to channel the “mansplaining” or “manterruption” women face on a daily basis. The app’s goal is to detect the interruption, record the conversation and analyze the data.
On Instagram, the tech start-up developed their ‘Portraits Of Silence’ to depict women from around the world who’ve been interrupted or silence by their male counterparts.
She Should Run is an initiative to not only get women to run for office, but bridge the representation gap of women leadership in politics. The non-partisan’s mission is to provide support and education those interested in this career.
The movement started since the 2016 election and according to the website, over 15,000 women have been inspired to run for office.
Feminist Fight Club, based off the novel of the same name, lets women be unapologetically themselves. The account features memes, typography and online forums to get their followers involved.
Women in the World is an annual summit that brings together leaders, activists and trailblazers who’ve made it their mission to make a change in women’s lives around the world.
The summit shared stories from people like Hillary Clinton, Melinda Gates, and Oprah Winfrey to name a few, while the social media highlights these moments for people who didn’t get the chance to attend.
Global Fund for Women is an organization that invests their time and money on women movements. They are a support system and a resource for people to get involved with these groups.
The foundation’s philosophy is to simply trust women. They’ve mentioned that, “Women are the best agents of change in their communities, and giving them resources and voice can change the world.”
Ladies Get Paid have a simple mantra, “Help women get promoted and get paid.” They have town halls, workshops and events for women to learn, discuss and participate in women issues.
The network has helped women with communicating in the workplace, starting their own business and even investing. It’s growing community lives on and offline.
Planned Parenthood is important more than ever before with the debate around women’s reproductive health care. The 100-year-old non-profit strives to provide health care, sex education and a resources to everyone around the world.
They strive to use their Instagram account as a visual tool for information and educate their audience on where their reproductive rights currently stand.
Now, adding new accounts to your list may not change issues, but it can start a conversation. The first step to following a cause is learning and be surrounding my others with the same passion for a change.