Women have made strides over the last many years as we’ve fought back infringements. There is great work that is yet to be done as we move through the 21st century. We’re still being paid less than me, we’re still objectified, campuses are still unsafe for us to walk alone, an onslaught of anti-abortion bills continue to pass in state houses across the country each year to take away our choice and access to birth control. But fear not, the future is in good hands. The next generation of feminists are strong capable millennials working hard to help maintain and expand our rights. Here are five badass feminists you should be following online:
Heben (‘Heaven’) Nitgatu
Writer, activist and general genius who takes discussions about race, gender, pop culture and how they intersect to a whole new level. She’s the founder of Radical CUNTS (College Undergraduates Not Tolerating Sexism), an in-your-face intersectional-feminist organization “dismantling oppression.” You can follow her @heavenrants
When Shelby Knox was a teenager she began organizing her Southern Baptist community in efforts to fight for comprehensive sex education and LGBT rights. She was quickly a national sensation thanks to the release of the Sundance award-winning film, The Education of Shelby Knox, a documentary which chronicled her unbelievable activism.
Shelby testified in front of Congress in 2008 discussing the failure of abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in schools and continues to travel, organizing, training, and holding workshops on reproductive justice and sexual health. She’s currently promoting the film Audrie & Daisy when went to the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and will be coming soon to Netflix. You can follow her on Twitter @ShelbyKnox
When Emma Sulkowicz was raped at Columbia University. When the school wouldn’t expel her rapist, she carried her mattress around the campus as a public display of anger, disgust and fear at the injustice. The last several years has became known of the sexual assault on campus, with new studies released showing an absurd number of women have been sexually assaulted on campus or find their campuses unsafe. Worse colleges and universities seem split on how to respond to rapes reported on their campuses. Sulkowicz’s performance art became the poster image for a movement for safety on college campuses and for prosecuting rapists.
Check her out on twitter @esulk
Zeilinger is a young feminist blogger and founder of the community “F-Bomb.” She authored “A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism is Not a Dirty Word” to combat the misnomer that feminism was somehow something young women should be against. Thanks to her leadership teens and college-aged women and men who want to preserve their rights and strive for equality have a place to go to discuss the issues at F-Bomb. You can follow her on Twitter @juliezeilinger.
You’ve probably seen Laci Green in one of her amazing YouTube videos talking about sex, sexuality and women’s rights. While studying at UC Berkeley she started the channel as part of a project to address what she called the nationwide failures teaching comprehensive sex education. As a sex positive feminist, Green speaks at colleges and universities as well as to her over 1 million subscribers in all 196 countries worldwide about issues ranging from safety to consent and understanding the importance of feminism. Follow her on Twitter @gogreen18