1. April Reign (@ReignOfApril)
Reign challenged lack of representation of marginalized communities in Hollywood as the creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, and promotes change as a public speaker and consultant for organizations and studios grappling with diversity and inclusion efforts. After the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest against the platform’s brief suspension of Rose McGowan’s account, Reign introduced #WOCAffirmation, which sought to uplift the voices of women of color whose harassment and abuse doesn’t receive the same support.
2. Michelle Taylor (@FeministaJones)
Taylor is a social worker, writer and prominent Black Twitter contributor. She launched #YouOKSis, an internationally-known anti-street harassment campaign, and a National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) — a protest of police brutality. Her writing appears in time.com, Essence, the New York Times and the Washington Post, among other outlets.
3. Janet Mock (@JanetMock)
Mock is a contributing editor and columnist at Allure and the bestselling author of Redefining Realness and Surpassing Certainty. She is a prominent transgender rights activist committed to storytelling as a way to destigmatize LGBTQ issues and the creator of #GirlsLikeUs, a tool of empowerment for transgender girls and women.
4. Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady)
Gandy is a retired lawyer and well-respected political blogger, journalist and women’s rights activist currently working as a senior legal analyst at Rewire News. She claps back at men’s rights activists, overtly racist fools and zealous Bernie Sanders supporters. Follow her to keep up with anti-choice legislation, musings on movement-building and the future of the Democratic Party.
5. Mona Eltahawy (@MonaEltahawy)
Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist, an international speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and the author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution. Follow her for perspectives on global feminism and to learn about connections between imperialism, racism and sexual violence.
6. Nikole Hannah Jones (@NHannahJones)
Jones is a New York Times Magazine investigative reporter primarily covering race and civil rights. She is a 2017 MacArthur Genius Award fellow and the co-founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, an organization that seeks to empower reporters and editors of color through skills trainings and networking. Follow her for nuanced, historically informed and data-driven stories about racial segregation in education and housing.
7. Ijeoma Olou (@IjeomaOlou)
Olou is a writer, self-described “internet yeller” and editor-at-large of the Establishment, a media organization funded and run by women. Follow her for incisive commentary on misogynoir and incredible threads on an array of social justice issues.
8. Adrienne Keene (@NativeApprops)
Keene is a Cherokee activist, writer and an assistant professor of American studies and ethnic studies at Brown University, where her research is focused on educational outcomes for Native American students. Keene also founded Native Appropriations, a blog dedicated to analyzing contemporary indigenous issues, particularly indigenous representations in popular culture.