In 2017, “Feminism” was named word of the year by the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
The theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes had a 70% increase in searches in comparison to the year before.
With the global Women’s March taking place in January and the sexual harassment case involving Harvey Weinstein, were all prominent topics of discussion worldwide, and specifically within the online feminist community.
Online this year, prominent features to our feeds include stories such as the backlash to the Trump administration’s plans to reverse the existing gender fluidity laws through the #WontBeErased hashtag and the spark of #BelieveSurivivors discussion after the Palo Alto University professor Dr Christine Blasey Ford, who publicly recounted her experience of sexual assault at the hands of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
Through social media, these recent news stories can be discussed, and the creation of these hashtags will capture the attention of millions of social media users with shared experiences. While women are still generally under-represented in literature, television, film and other forms of media, social media provides a platform in which the women from differing backgrounds can exchange social, political and cultural ideas. The oppourtunities to learn are endless online and through a simple search on our smartphones, women are able to learn about, discuss and challenge misogyny.
However, this relationship between feminism and the online sphere was not developed by us Millenial
With the internet’s start up beginning in the 1990’s, the platform’s potential for activism were of interest to gender researchers, in specific, the Cyberfeminist.
But who were they?
Click below for brief introduction.