Editor’s Note: #F contributor Aisha Springer lives and works in Baltimore; below she writes about her experience of life in Baltimore during and since the Uprising. Also see the curation here of the evolution of hashtags used to organize the movement in Baltimore. Since the cameras have left Baltimore, the national media has instead focused […]


From #BaltimoreRiots to #BaltimoreUprising

We are taking a look at the evolution of the hashtags surrounding Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray on April 12, 2015. What began with #FreddieGray led to #BaltimoreRiots, then #BaltimoreUprising and #BlackSpring, #BreakTheCurfew and #BaltimoreLunch. These hashtags connected protesters, showed the selective enforcement of the #BaltimoreCurfew, helped to organize lunches for students when school was […]

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#LikeAGirl and Empowertising Campaigns

There’s a new trend of empowerment-focused advertising that’s challenging sexist stereotypes, sparking conversations, and igniting social media participation. Andi Zeisler calls it “empower-tising.” The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty was launched in 2002 “to celebrate the natural physical differences personified by all women and to encourage them to have the confidence to be comfortable and […]


#HowToSpotAFeminist and Reclaim Your Narrative

On May 5, 2015, feminists managed to learn something new from Conservative radio host Doc Thompson: We are quite easy to spot. Thompson encouraged his listeners to share their methods of identifying The Feminist under the hashtag #HowToSpotAFeminist. Unsurprisingly, the space was initially occupied by vitriol, false equivalencies, and your basic misogyny. While sweeping generalizations […]


Why All of Our Girls Needed #ToTheGirls

For those of us who had to navigate our preteen/teenage years without today’s wealth of social media, it might be difficult for us to imagine thousands of women from all over the world reaching out to us to show their support. On Tuesday, April 14, author Courtney Summers launched a campaign to achieve that very idea. […]


The Best of #IWD2015

This last Sunday was International Women’s Day (#IWD2015). This day, created to celebrate, empower, and advocate for women can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Here are some of my favorite tweets on #IWD2015 Some people shared inspiring photos of women out in the streets fighting for equality right now: Happy […]


#BlackGirlsMatter Too: Ending the Exclusion of Black Girls

Earlier this month, the African American Policy Forum released a report, Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected, written by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, a Columbia University law professor. The report provides data from Boston and New York public schools on the ways girls are disciplined depending on race. Not surprisingly, girls of color and especially […]


2015 Round up of Feminist New Year Resolutions

Last week as we said goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015, feminist writers and activists reflected on the struggles and victories from the past year with a plan to move forward. We collected the top stories and tweets of Feminist New Year Resolutions, or #FeministNewYearResolutions. Feminists wrote *a lot* this year about hashtags, as evident through our collaboration with Mic.com’s […]