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Twitter as a feminist tool? One writer says 10 years of Twitter have changed the conversation for women

By WITW Staff on March 23, 2016

It’s been 10 years since the official launch of Twitter, a social platform that has allowed millions of outspoken women to communicate with the world but has also infamously come with a barrage of misogynistic attacks by angry, and often anonymous, users. In The Telegraph this week, Daisy Buchanan chronicled the changing attitudes about women on Twitter since she began using the platform. Today, she said, women feel comfortable tweeting @EverydaySexism to report misogyny, frequently start their own hashtags about sexism in the workplace or in how they’re expected to dress and behave, and discuss difficult, nuanced issues such as abortion and domestic violence with one another. They also geek out in fandom over other women, and show how funny they can be.

“Back then,” Buchanan wrote about her pre-Twitter days before 2009, “I saved my feminism for drunken conversations about how powerless I felt. Now, Twitter allows me to shout about feminism everyday, out loud and in all caps.”

Buchanan called on Twitter to find ways to make female users feel safer and more welcome, but praised how the company has encouraged women to push for change and have their voices heard.

Read Buchanan’s story at The Telegraph.