I want to follow more women on Twitter
February 12, 2014 7:40 PM   Subscribe

Please give me your ideas for women to follow on Twitter.

After reading this great post by Anil Dash about how he only retweeted women on Twitter in 2013, which (eventually) led me to this post in HBR about how despite there being more women on Twitter, both men and women are more likely to follow men; I've decided I want to actively follow and support more women. I am looking for your suggestions for interesting women to follow.

I'm interested in politics, economics, journalism, feminism, comedy and pop culture but I also like random tweets about interesting things (some of the Mefites I follow, like madam jujujive, are great at this). Please give me your ideas on other women to follow.

To give you an idea of what kinds of things I like, here are examples of women I already follow and love:


posted by triggerfinger to Society & Culture (41 answers total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
For humor: Megan Amram.
posted by bondcliff at 7:44 PM on February 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

We follow some of the same people, so maybe check out who I'm following. (I'd sort through it if I weren't supposed to be packing for a convention!)
posted by wintersweet at 7:52 PM on February 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

@miafarrow is interesting and varied. Her current, um, personal concerns are not part of her twitter life. She hits all the notes you're after.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 7:54 PM on February 12, 2014

Linda Holmes is a favorite of mine. You might also like @AlyssaRosenberg.
posted by pitrified at 8:06 PM on February 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

I could write up a list a hundred women long, BUT! Here are some highlights that immediately come to mind, for a variety of subjects.

@femfreq - Anita Sarkeesian
Video games and related media through the lens of feminism.

@SpcPlcyOnline - Marcia Smith
Editor of Space Policy Online, excellent source for news if that's a topic that interests you.

@NPRMonkeySee - Linda Holmes
Pop culture commentary, excellent human.

@beatonna - Kate Beaton
Funny, prolific and accomplished cartoonist

@ComixAce - Heidi MacDonald
News and discussion about mainstream and indipendent comics, as well as the community surrounding them.

@iron_spike - Spike
A cartoonist and small press publisher who talks about a WIDE variety of extremely interesting stuff.

@NussbaumAbigail - Abigail Nussbaum
Israeli reviewer of (mostly) science fiction and fantasy books, films and television. She is the greatest, I'm so glad she's finally on Twitter.

@whitneyarner - Whitney Reynolds
Just a funny, interesting lady. Occasionally writes for The Toast.
posted by Narrative Priorities at 8:06 PM on February 12, 2014 [3 favorites]

Also @TheBloggess is good on Twitter. Humour and humanity.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 8:08 PM on February 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

@TriciaLockwood and @aliendovecote
posted by limeonaire at 8:15 PM on February 12, 2014 [2 favorites]

Ursula Vernon is funny, multi-talented and awesome!
Noelle is... also funny, multi-talented and awesome!
posted by The otter lady at 8:18 PM on February 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

Personal favorites:

@rgay - wonderful writer, lots of thoughtful tweets on race, feminism, writing, and baby elephants.
@moscaddie - sassy, smart & hilarious. She runs the critiquemydickpic tumblr and is my absolute favorite these days.
@thebeheld - writes about beauty, aesthetics and women, very provocative.
@charlotteNB - expensive prostitute, amazing writer and hilarious lady. Highly recommended.
posted by lightgray at 8:25 PM on February 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

posted by SarahElizaP at 8:50 PM on February 12, 2014

posted by Youremyworld at 8:55 PM on February 12, 2014

Anthropologist Barbara J. King @bjkingape . She also blogs at NPR.
posted by gudrun at 8:59 PM on February 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

Onion AV Club/Low Times Podcast host Maggie Serota.
posted by steinsaltz at 9:02 PM on February 12, 2014

@mindykaling @SarahKSilverman @literaticat (literary agent) @iamsambee @emilystraubel (columnist) @seriouspony
posted by mikepop at 9:04 PM on February 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

@mallelis @ohheygreat @Beyerstein @SaraJBenincasa @maura
posted by holgate at 9:08 PM on February 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

Joyce Carol Oates: she's a bit of a troll, but a prolific and amusing one.
posted by RogerB at 9:11 PM on February 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

I love @feministhulk. Not a woman per se, but I would be very surprised if there's not a female author behind the twitter persona.
posted by ActionPopulated at 9:15 PM on February 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

@margaretcho @monaeltahawy @pimimond @TheRealRoseanne @jennyslate @BiancaJagger @Genny_Spencer @yokoono @lisaling @camanpour
posted by cda at 9:17 PM on February 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

I like @kristenschaaled.
posted by girlgenius at 9:44 PM on February 12, 2014

I read almost exclusively weird/spooky Twitter and women comedians for some reason. So here it is:

posted by furiousthought at 10:08 PM on February 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

Gabriella Coleman @BiellaColeman Internet culture

Lindsey Fitzharris @ChirurgeonsAppr Medical history, sometimes weird

@NellaLou eclectic

Sarah Kendzior @sarahkendzior Politics, feminism, columnist for aljazeera.
posted by Rumple at 11:09 PM on February 12, 2014

My fave is comedian @julieklausner
posted by oceanview at 12:40 AM on February 13, 2014 [2 favorites]

+1 for Julie Klausner. Writer Susan Orlean is good too.
posted by apricot at 4:49 AM on February 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

Some good people I haven't seen mentioned yet:

posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:50 AM on February 13, 2014 [2 favorites]

@robicellis is hilarious (and made of cupcakes!)
posted by mlle valentine at 5:49 AM on February 13, 2014

@caitlinmoran is great.
posted by Skyanth at 5:50 AM on February 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

@katienotopolous (weird twitter)
@MargaretAtwood (yes, that Margaret Atwood; the conversations are more fun than the regular tweets so it helps to follow some of the people she follows)

And seconding loads and loads of the rest of these recommendations.
posted by mskyle at 5:50 AM on February 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

Some European/British Isles suggestions:

@helenlewis - journalist, left-wing, gamer, feminist.
@caitlinmoran - journalist, author, feminist, funny.
@antiroom - Irish feminists, interesting slant on women's rights, good links
@wmarybeard - classicist(!), feminist, funny, smart
posted by kariebookish at 5:53 AM on February 13, 2014

Ah, and @PennyRed of course.
posted by Skyanth at 6:08 AM on February 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

Oh and:
@Caissie (Caissie St. Onge, TV comedy writer)
@lindsayism (Lindsay Robertson, pop culture writer/editor)

(Just noticing people as they pop up in my feed!)
posted by mskyle at 6:13 AM on February 13, 2014

@emwatson - Emma Watson
@theEllenShow - Ellen DeGeneres
@pink - P!nk
@nancypelosi - Nancy Pelosi
@naomialderman - Naomi Alderman
@tatianamaslany - Tatiana Maslany
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 6:38 AM on February 13, 2014

Response by poster: These are all perfect recommendations, thank you so much! Some of them I already follow, but I'm finding a lot of new-to-me people which is awesome and also a little sad that there are all these awesome women on Twitter that I've missed for so long. I'm still making my way through these suggestions (so maybe a few have been mentioned), but if anyone has any thoughts on women specifically who tweet about finance/econ, I would love to add more of them to my feed. Right now I follow a lot of guys that I really like in this area, but I'm having a hard time finding women. @Frances_Coppola and @izakaminska (who I mentioned above) are two, but a some of the men that I follow that I like in this area are:


Thanks for all the suggestions so far!
posted by triggerfinger at 7:01 AM on February 13, 2014

posted by stampsgal at 7:15 AM on February 13, 2014

For econ/policy:


Tech stuff:

pop culture:
@brokeymcpoverty (tweets a LOT)
posted by ghharr at 7:20 AM on February 13, 2014

Seconding @seriouspony and @biellacoleman .

Politics, pop culture, and organizing: @cbracy

Writing and feminism: @andrhia

Intersectional feminism with some pop culture as well: @omgjulia and @kavbojka and @nkjemisin

Finance: check out @jamiemzimmerman, @chrissiy, and @KMcGowan .
posted by brainwane at 7:41 AM on February 13, 2014

Here are some of my favorite twitterers that haven't been mentioned. My twitter feed mostly skews mostly towards activist politics and technology journalists:

posted by antonymous at 10:23 AM on February 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

Seconding these amazing twitterers:
posted by naju at 1:42 PM on February 13, 2014 [2 favorites]

@pennyred - Laurie Penny, writes for New Statesman & the Guardian
seconding @monaeltahawy - journalist/author
@juliepagano - lots of good stuff about women in tech
@profragsdale - Rhonda Ragsdale, history prof & sociologist
@MsJackMonroe - anti-poverty campaigner in the UK & Guardian columnist
@amaditalks - feminist, social worker
@redlightvoices - Flavia Dzodan
@melissagira - Melissa Gira Grant, writes for the Nation & the Guardian
posted by cardinality at 2:09 PM on February 13, 2014

Cavaet: She's a friend of mine but she's also a friend of Laurie Penny and the like - @mollycrabapple, artist and journalist, talks a lot about war journalism, prisoner's rights, and EFF causes., retweets and follows lots of awesome people along an interesting art/politics axis.
posted by The Whelk at 5:08 PM on February 13, 2014

Some comedy names I haven't seen yet:
@perlapell (omg no one mentioned her?! she's awesome. been a writer for SNL forever.)

And to change it up, here are some finance-oriented twitter accounts run by women:
posted by mullacc at 6:56 AM on April 8, 2014

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