International Women’s Day just passed, and while it’s an important day to recognize and salute the achievements of all women, it’s also a 24-hour cycle that only happens once a year – and that’s not nearly enough time. I wanted to help continue to push the conversation around female empowerment by sharing some of my favourite Instagram accounts that follow positive feminism, women’s rights, and give you a daily dose of inspiration.
Accelerating the women’s movement through stories of real-life experiences, their feed is full of inspiring interviews and quotes from Oprah to Lena Dunham exploring how women are changing the world.
“Where women are celebrated, uplifted, supported, and empowered everyday” is the Female Collective’s mantra, created by Candace Reels, an intersectional feminist and self-love advocated from Los Angeles. She crated Female Collective to help women come together, tell their unique stories, and feel empowered to tackle all of those existential moments that matter most to them.
Rupi is an Indian-born Canadian poet, illustrator, and author. Her collection of poetry has been translated in over 42 languages worldwide, and her work touches on love, loss, trauma, healing, and womanhood. Her bite-sized affirmations are a moment to take pause, reflect, and find companionship in our universal struggles.
The world was officially introduced to the first National Youth Poet Laureate during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’s Inauguration ceremony, but Amanda Gorman has been sharing her inspiring point of view as a young artist long before that. She’s a poet, a writer, and a dreamer, and her words are such a beautiful respite in a challenging world.
This is a lovely account for a nudge to remind ourselves we all need some self-care. Full of a collection of beautiful illustrations, Recipes for Self Love shares anecdotes on how we can all love ourselves a little more each day, and I appreciate the daily reminder.
An American artist, poet, activist, and author, I’ve often shared Cleo’s wisdom on my own Instagram account. Her words feel accessible and equally empowering, and I’ve learned a lot from her regarding the future for women, people, of colour, and the LGBTQ community. She preaches about love, acceptance, justice, equity and equality – all good things.