“There’s a Glitch in our Online Communities” #TWT

In 2017, a brilliant organization named Glitch was created. Seyi Akiwowo, who is 28 years old, is the one behind the organization and designed it to end online abuse.

Did you know that women are 27 times more likely to be harassed online than men, and if you’re a women of color it is a lot worse?

Seyi Akiwowo experienced online abuse herself and felt that there wasn’t much guidance or anyone to help her. She decided to take matters into her own hands and started Glitch to support women and girls who are victims of online abuse as well as help them stand up for their rights. Through many online campaigns and media coverage, Glitch was finally able to get social media platforms to take action.

Aside from Glitch, Seyi was elected as the youngest black female councillor in east London in 2014 and last year, she was named Amnesty international’s Human Rights Defender.

It is so inspiring for Seyi to rise from her trauma and create a platform to help prevent girls from online harassment, especially because social media is prominent in our generation. I admire her strength and her ability to be an advocate for all women. Seyi Akiwowo is a girl with beauty and brains!

Instagram’s Favorite Poet #TWT

This beauty is known for her heartfelt and meaningful poetry and bestselling book, “milk and honey.” Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Rupi Kaur, Instagram’s favorite poet and feminist.

Rupi Kaur was born in Punjab, India and was only four years old when she moved to Canada. She didn’t speak English well, so making friends was a challenge for her. Rupi decided to turn her attention to drawing, writing, and reading and considered those hobbies her friends. Drawing and writing gave her a way to express herself. Reading opened her mind to the endless opportunities in the world.

This is where her love for poetry started.

While attending the University of Waterloo, she wrote her first book, “milk and honey.” She went to many publishing companies and got rejected every time, but that only motivated her to try harder. Rupi took matters into her own hands and self-published the book. She didn’t have much money but was able to make it happen.

She considers self-publishing her book one of the best decisions she has ever made. She has sold over 2.5 million copies of “milk and honey” and it was on The New York Times Best Seller list for over 77 weeks.

“Milk and honey” is a collection of poems about healing from traumas and overcoming past and present demons. The book takes you through Rupi’s dark times, her struggles to find self-love and her journey of healing; a process many people can relate to.

Rupi is known for writing about feminism topics like love, abuse, and breakups, but she has also written about other heavy topics like racism, loss, and pain.

In 2017, she published her second book, “The Sun and Her Flowers.” This one revisits some themes that appear in “milk and honey,” but also introduces new themes like, ancestry and honoring one’s roots. This book sold over 3 million copies and was on The New York Best Seller list for over 100 weeks.

Rupi Kaur is a talented author and illustrator and is changing the world with every poem she publishes. I admire her determination and how grounded she was during the start of her career. Throughout all of the rejection and the doubts received from other people, she never stopped believing in herself. Rupi Kaur is a girl with beauty and brains.

The Game Changer of Feminism #TWF

You might recognize this beauty from her role in the Harry Potter series, and more recently, in  Beauty and the Beast. Although she is an actress, she is also an unapologetic feminist. Our terrific woman this Friday is Emma Watson!

In 2014 she was appointed as a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador and led a campaign called #HeforShe, which was a call for men to advocate for gender equality. Emma believes that a lot of feminist groups have also become a men hating group as well, but they shouldn’t go hand in hand. Emma acknowledged how feminism can benefit both men and women.

“We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes, but I can see that they are and that when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence…If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.”

Although I have never thought about it like that, Emma is right and is on the right path to making a difference. She believes if men actually join the movement and stand up to other men who aren’t treating women respectfully, it can cause a positive domino effect and change the way men view women.

Something I love about Emma is that she created a fierce feminist book club and hides books in public places for others to discover. How cool and creative is that?!

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Thank you, Emma, for continuously using your platform to speak on feminism and also teaching people what feminism is really about. Emma Watson is a girl with beauty and brains!