20 Champions for Working Women You Should be Following on Twitter Right Now

Bryce Covert’s profile description says it all: Economic Policy Editor @ThinkProgress, contributor @thenation, dog owner. Fantasy roller derby name: Ruthless Bader Ginsburg.

Recent tweet we had the urge to RT: Male scientists get more than twice the funding for their first projects than female scientists http://sciof.us/1YURVLpt

Following the American Association of University Women is a no-brainer; they’re all about empowering women and girls, and they tweet about everything from equal pay to sexual assault on college campuses.

Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. The speaker at our luncheon last year. What more do you want us to tell you?

One of the few full-time labor reporters left at a daily newspaper, Lydia DePillis covers labor, business, and housing for The Washington Post. Her sarcasm and insights make even the dreariest news more palatable.

Did you know that women comprised just 9 percent of the directors of the top 250 domestic grossing films of 2013? Yeah. We didn’t either, until we started following WMC. In addition to important stats about gender equality in the media, they share daily reflections on the biases inherent in language we use.

We were sad to hear that labor reporter Steven Greenhouse was leaving the New York Times, but he hasn’t stopped writing, either when it comes to articles or social media! And he’s great at shedding light on important issues in informative 140-character nuggets.

Ambar Mentor-Truppa is on the Board of Women Employed, leads our Advocacy Council, and continually wows us with her dedication to mentoring young women and improving conditions for women in the workplace.

Formerly a reporter at The Washington Post and the NYT best-selling author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When Nobody Has the Time, Brigid Schulte is now the director of New America’s Breadwinners and Caregivers program.

This grassroots organization is all about speaking up for women and their families. They join twitterstorms and host conversations on the regular, so your feed will fill up quickly if you give them a follow.

A reporter for In These Times and Dissent magazine, as well as associate editor at CultureStrike, Michelle Chen seems to read our minds before tweeting. Plus, she wrote an awesome article about unstable scheduling after we published a report on the issue, and she interviewed our Senior Program Manager on her labor podcast, Belabored.

Well, obviously you should be following our very own Senior Policy Associate, Sarah Labadie! Sarah tweets about higher education from the front lines of rallies, legislative hearings, and her impressively organized desk.

Stay with us: IWPR can get wonky at times, but they do killer research on the issues that matter most to working women. Definitely worth elevating your Twitter feed with their stats and graphs.

As the Director of Family Values@Work, a coalition of organizations fighting for paid leave, Ellen raises her voice for the working women who deserve to be able to take care of themselves and their children. We’re in awe of her prolific op-ed writing!

Each year, Maria produces The Shriver Report, a treasure trove of information on the issues facing working women and their families that ignites conversations about our changing society.

Another Women Employed voice jumping into the twittersphere: our Director of Community Initiatives, Mary Kay, talks and hashtags about being an advocate, feminist, and working mother of four.

Want a continual dose of inspiration? Head over to Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls for stories about girls and women breaking barriers. You’ll find plenty to make you smile and believe the world isn’t doomed.

Chicago-born Washington Post columnist Esther Cepeda opines on education, health, politics, business, public policy, and culture. “My column is about the American experience,” she writes. “…how it has evolved during my generation and what it feels, sounds, smells, tastes and looks like through the eyes of the daughter of Latin American immigrants.”

Secretary of Labor Tom Perez’s priorities include ensuring a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, promoting gender equality in the workplace, and insisting on a level playing field for all American workers.

When Donna Brazile headlined our 38th annual luncheon, she said, “Since 1973, Women Employed has helped lead the way…You’ve opened doors. You’ve worked to improve the lives of women and girls all over this country.”

We could say the same about her. A veteran Democratic political strategist, Donna’s passion is encouraging young people to vote, to work within the system to strengthen it, and to run for public office. Her resume goes on and one: she’s an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee — and tweeter extraordinaire.

Veronica Arreola has been blogging for 15 years (!) about trying to navigate and understand the intersection between feminism, motherhood and her Latinadad. We love seeing her at Women Employed’s luncheon every year, and we love reading her thoughts both at Viva La Feminista and on Twitter.

Not done filling your feed with feminist voices? Here are some more fun/interesting follows:

Mallory Ortberg is co-founder of the feminist general interest site The Toast, author of Texts from Jane Eyre, and makes us laugh out loud with her brash and clever tweets. Her love for art history and literature create a varied but consistently feminist and funny feed.

Tweet Hall of Fame: every single party where women listen interestedly to men is an extended piece of performance art, and men have NO IDEA

Writer Soraya Chemaly zeroes in on what she calls “gender absurdities” with a wry perspective, and we love her for it. We also love her for being instrumental in the movement to get Facebook to crack down on rape jokes, gender-based hate speech, and violence against women.

Happy. Free. Confused. Oppressed by the patriarchy. At the same time.

Start Singing: So go and tell your friends that I’m obsessive and crazy / That’s fine, people trivialize dynamic women by calling us “crazy” every day

Valenti founded Feministing in 2004, and she’s gone on to write four books on women’s issues. Currently a columnist for The Guardian, Valenti is one of the most prominent voices when it comes to the online feminist movement.

Mikki Kendall, a writer whose work has been featured in the likes of XO Jane, Salon, NPR’s Code Switch, and The Guardian, created the hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen to highlight how mainstream feminism caters to the needs of white women, while the concerns of black feminists are pushed to the side.

In her own words: “#SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen started in a moment of frustration…When I launched the hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen…It was intended to be Twitter shorthand for how often feminists of color are told that the racism they experience ‘isn’t a feminist issue’. The first few tweets reflect the deeply personal impact of such a long-running structural issue.”

We don’t know how Roxane finds the time to tweet when she’s also writing novels, teaching college classes, running a small press, editing a literary magazine and The Butter, blogging, and doing five million other things, but we’re glad she does. In fact, she’s one of the most prolific tweeters out there!

We were lucky enough to host an event with Roxane last year, and you can check out our interview with her here.

After founding Feminist Frequency, a website that hosts videos and commentary analyzing portrayals of women in popular culture, Ana Sarkeesian became the target of a terrifying online harassment campaign that involved death threats against her. Instead of backing down, she has responded by speaking up even more loudly about gender and harassment online and in the gaming industry.

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