As the daughter of a feminist, I've sat shotgun and watched as my mother graciously guided my brothers through the world of feminism and raise two young men who not only respect women, but see them and their equals. But not everyone is lucky enough to have a forward-thinking parental figure. Lucky for you and me, there are plenty of feminist moms on twitter to fill those gaps.
While my own mother has been my guide to feminism from day one, she's practically allergic to social media, and getting her on Twitter? Well, that's a non-starter. So I look to the following feminist moms to wield the best retorts, advice, and retweets for my viewing pleasure.
Though most of these women dabble in topics across the board, their identification as feminists often shines through to their humor, their concerns about current events, and everything in between. Whether you're a mother in need of a few women to guide you in 140 characters or less, or you're simply a feminist (woop, woop!) looking for a handful of bonafide bad ass babes to carry you through your social media scroll, here are thirteen of my favorite feminist moms to follow on Twitter.
1Arianna Huffington, @ariannahuff
Not only is Arianna Huffington a feminist blazing trails for women in business, she preaches the importance of sleep, turning off technology, and connecting with friends and family. (She had a revelation after collapsing from exhaustion at her desk in 2007.) The bonus? Photos like the one above.
2London Feminist, @londonfeminist
I breastfed my daughter in the robing room at the Royal Courts of Justice. Don't see why breastfeeding in the HoC should be a problem.— London Feminist (@londonfeminist) November 11, 2015
3Sallie Krawcheck, @salliekrawcheck
The owner and chair of Ellevate Network and Ellevest, Sallie Krawcheck works hard to create an accessible network of women across the world who support and mentor one another.
4Susan Orlean, @susanorlean
Writer, mother, professional hilarious person on Twitter, Susan Orlean does it all. Plus, she's always sharing things you want to know about.
5Jessica Grose, @jessgrose
If you're a woman looking for a job and you have kids or plan to, ask around about how many moms are on staff. It matters.— Jessica Grose (@JessGrose) November 10, 2015
Jess Grose is the editor of the Lenny Letter, and she manages to not only curate great content, but create great content. She's an advocate for mothers in business, and has great advice for women in the workplace!
6Feminist Soccer Mom, @soccermatriarch
Sometimes it’s hard to sort my kids’ laundry because most of their clothes are unisex.— Feminist Soccer Mom (@soccermatriarch) April 2, 2015
Although Feminist Soccer Mom's account could be classified as a parody, tweets such as the one above have followers praising her wit and humor. Plus, her tagline is "Minivans run on male tears."
7Kirsten Gillibrand, @sengillibrand
Kirsten Gillibrand is a hero in the feminist movement for so many reasons — oh, and did you know she sat down with Lena Dunham to chat about her quest for paid family leave?
8Two Feminist Moms, @twofeministmoms
New episode is live! Episode 7: The Feminist Awakens. Enjoy! http://t.co/lDP0MKkYvF— Two Feminist Moms (@twofeministmoms) June 14, 2015
Although this duo is now defunct, if you're needing a boost of feminist power, scroll through their twitter feed, or listening to old episodes of the Two Feminist Moms podcast.
9Lisa Ling, @lisaling
This is welcome news but it's CRAZY those school girls are still in captivity. http://t.co/YkxRTmJTB1— lisaling (@lisaling) September 26, 2015
Die-hard feminist and all around badass Lisa Ling keeps it real by tweeting about important issues, love for her family, and her recent television show, This Is Life.
10Kelly Oxford, @kellyoxford
= Dear people using #HowToSpotAFeminist hashtag. = FEMINIST: a person who believes in political, economic & social equality of the sexes.— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) May 5, 2015
Perhaps best known for her bestseller Everything's Perfect When You're A Liar, Kelly Oxford simply slays in the twittersphere. Whether she's dropping truth bombs like the one above, sharing the best one liners by her kids, or humbly bragging about how amazingly Canadian she is, Kelly's twitter feed is not to be missed.
11Christina H. Sommers, @chsommers
Author, professor, podcaster, Christina Sommers is currently the Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a great Twitter feed to drop in on if you're looking for a feminist point of view on current events.
12Kashana Cauley, @kashanacauley
My new coffee shop is called Harmful. We feed little girls shots of espresso & tell them to wreck shit. pic.twitter.com/BUPUYuoRRD— Kashana (@kashanacauley) November 9, 2015
Kashana Cauley's razor sharp wit and millennial appeal will have you retweeting and rolling.
13Feminist Mum, @femumism
Feminist Mum shares thoughts on life as a mother and a feminist, a love for Meryl Streep, and hard hitting truths about how far we've come, and how far we've yet to go.
Images: London Scout/Unsplash