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After the election, I followed over 100 new people on Twitter. Some things are more important than ratios, or clutter in your feed, or “social media as self-care,” or having the number “420” permanently appear over the word “following” on your Twitter page. The resistance is calling. These women are leading it. Follow them, get woke, and stay shook. It’s the only way we’re gonna win this thing.
As always, I’m presenting our panel of experts in ABC order because I don’t believe in ranking women nor do I believe in falling in line.
As if you couldn’t love Ali more, her sweet little face and polite set of manners happen to be no more than a clever disguise for her drive to overthrow our toxic government and put in its place a true Democracy. Imagine that!
I can hear you at Battery Park, @SenSchumer. Now hear me. Stop voting for his people.
Amy posts a list once a week of the shit that happened that is straight-up not normal as an act of resistance against a rising autocracy. She also has a lot of sass and shares valuable information all the live-long day.
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) January 30, 2017
You loved her already because she founded BITCH. Now I love her because her snarky tweets about politics give me life when my pursuit of liberty has me begging someone for death.
I'm not an asshole, I'm just alt-nice.
Andrea Grimes is a podcaster, feminist writer, and tried-and-true red-state activist. I don’t know if you’ve ever met someone who fights for reproductive rights in the south, but if you haven’t know this: Don’t fucking mess.
I followed Ann Friedman when she was live-tweeting her trip to the Women’s March on a sparkling water-filled, wine-soaked plane ride stacked with feminist activists and pussyhats. I haven’t looked back since.
Remember when you really liked Jezebel? Come home.
I know y’all are already following Brittani Nichols. If not, fix this immediately.
.@SenFeinstein Nobody has time for your damn tradition. This isn't a holiday special.
— Brittani Nichols (@BisHilarious) January 27, 2017
My trolls can’t decide if I’m a man or a woman. I can’t decide which photo of me in a pink fur coat goes best with my Twitter threads about the left’s cannibalization of itself and how much I hate Bernie Sanders.
sorry couldn't hear you over the sound of our republic hurtling to its death at the hands of literal nazis
— carmen rios 🚬👑🦄 (@carmenriosss) January 29, 2017
When she’s not keeping you woke on Autostraddle dot com, Carrie is on Twitter sharing resources and information about how the Trump administration impacts intersectionally marginalized queers and how we fight back. Also, she’s your type, be real.
gotta say "trump can't divide us, he's really bad at math" is a new chant fave
— Carrie Wade Isn't Tweeting Anymore (@wadetheory) January 29, 2017
Liz Plank has been on the frontlines of political reporting in the digital age for years, and now that’s more critical to us than ever. Follow her for livestreams from protests, inside scoops about what’s happening at the White House, and really well-made videos about feminist politics.
I adore Erin Schrode. She bounced back from a failed bid for Congress louder and more driven than ever, and she’s using her platform to spread the good word about everything from DAPL activism to how the Democrats should be fighting Trump.
Good night. Stay strong, stay safe, stay honest, stay the course.
— Erin Schrode (@ErinSchrode) January 31, 2017
Heather Anne F*cking Hogan
Everybody needs a good self-righteous rant about the right’s diametric opposition to the word of God every once in a while, right?
.@realDonaldTrump I'm not scared of you. I'll NEVER be scared of you. You're a thin-skinned, soulless authoritarian. You will lose this war.
— Heather Hogan (@theheatherhogan) January 29, 2017
These hot takes are literally so hot they are scathing. You’re about to get told. You’ll be better for it.
the speed with which this regime is stripping people of rights is truly shocking.
I knew it was coming, but not this quickly.
— Imani Gandy ☄️🌏🔥 (@AngryBlackLady) January 30, 2017
I’ve been connected to Jamia for a long time, and I value her insight more every day. She has the activist background and lived experience to present you with a unique read on the day-to-day of what’s going on and also she writes great things and posts links to them, so.
Yates/Harris or Harris/Yates 2020 sounds good to me. 👩🏽⚖️👩⚖️
— jamiaw (@jamiaw) January 31, 2017
If Jamilah’s thoughtful analysis isn’t enough for you, there’s also a solid number of updates about her precious and perfect daughter involved to get you through the day.
Being American right now feels like I'm in an UberPool and the other passenger just robbed a bank. Like, I do not deserve any of this.
— jamilah (is in the crib like you should be.) (@JamilahLemieux) January 31, 2017
I’m enjoying watching Janet Mock assume her throne as Queen of the Modern Feminist Movement. Join me.
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) January 29, 2017
A lot of comedians stopped using Twitter for punchlines and started using it for protest after the election. Jen Kirkman is one of them, and I adore her for it.
Guys thanks for marching with us last week but honestly we would rather you stop correcting our jokes on Twitter. We'll handle the protests.
— JEN KIRKMAN (@JenKirkman) January 30, 2017
Y’all, Joy Reid spills more tea than anyone I know. And that’s saying something. Come for the hot takes, stay for the hot takes.
This isn't some push to "create jobs for the white working class." This is about ripping apart the firmament of American civic life.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 31, 2017
I know y’all want Kamala to run for President, but I’m not ready to talk about other women running for president yet. I am ready to talk about how many times a day I want to retweet Kamala Harris, though. Her Twitter is a neverending stream of inspiration, rallying cries, and strategies for political opposition you can believe in.
As Coretta Scott King taught us, the fight for civil rights—the struggle for justice and equality—must be fought & won with each generation. pic.twitter.com/kTD7YIHxYb
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 30, 2017
Lauren Duca has seen through Donald Trump from the start. Help her keep Teen Vogue woke and give her a follow.
I will burn this patriarchy to the ground or die trying.
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) January 28, 2017
Sarah Kendzior told me to follow Leah. She did not have to tell me twice.
It's only day 10.
Pace yourself. Be gentle with yourself. This is hard.
You are not crazy. You are not alone.
— Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈 (@leahmcelrath) January 31, 2017
Melissa Gira Grant
Melissa Gira Grant is fearless, bold, intelligent, and often right. I’m deeply proud to have worked with her in the past and am unable to ever stop telling people how amazing she is. I hope I’m MGG when I grow up.
— Melissa Gira Grant (@melissagira) January 30, 2017
Melissa McEwan is an eloquent social justice blogger with smart, incisive perspectives on what’s happening to our country and what went wrong in the election. I live and die by her words. Amen.
If you’re not following Mikki Kendall yet I don’t know who you are.
Clutch a clue instead of pearls & get to work. Put that privilege on the front lines instead of expecting someone else to be a martyr.
— ❄Mikki Kendall❄ (@Karnythia) January 31, 2017
Watching Parker Molloy literally @ members of the GOP leadership and take them to town is my self-care.
Propane Jane is a blogger and prolific Twitter user who serves up analysis and righteous fire on the regular. Her threads cover everything from southern strategies to Trump’s mental health to the death of the GOP to where we go next, and she’s one of the only people who can retweet herself and make me feel #blessed.
We don't keep voting for y'all's asses so you'll go to DC and rubber stamp fascism, @SenateDems. Get your shit together, or lose your jobs.
— Propane Jane™ (@docrocktex26) January 30, 2017
Wonkette is funny. The death of the republic? Not so much. That’s why Rebecca’s been keeping it real on Twitter. Come thru.
true confession: I thought our side was going a little overboard with the "fascist apocalypse" thing. LOL I am stupid. https://t.co/JFsZqwtaLd
— Rebecca Schoenkopf, Wonkette Editrix, King Of You (@commiegirl1) January 31, 2017
If you’re not reading her books, you’re not living your best life. If you’re not following her on Twitter, you’re just making a huge mistake.
Pretty sure the "bad" has already rushed into our country, "dude."
— Rebecca Traister (@rtraister) January 30, 2017
I FUCKING LOVE YOU SADY DOYLE. BLESS.
People told you this would happen. You didn't want your vegetables, you wanted ice cream. There is no ice cream & now we starve.
— Sady Doyle (@sadydoyle) November 12, 2016
Sarah Kendzior will keep you shook, but she’ll also keep you fighting. She’s spent a lifetime studying authoritarian rule in Russia and spent the election covering Donald Trump’s horrific rise to the White House. She hails from the midwest, too, and offers up some good perspectives on what she calls “flyover country” and how folks in red states or former purple states can resist.
The thing that's worst is that these are, comparatively, the good times.
You won't recognize this country by end of the year. Or live to.
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) January 25, 2017
When she isn’t running a Twitter account based around the alternative reality in which Hillary Clinton is President, she is throwing out a steady stream of bold ideas for fighting Trump, saving the left from itself, and also continuing to worship Hillary Clinton. Let us never stop worshiping Hillary Clinton.
ThinkProgress is on the frontlines of the resistance against Trump, and they know their shit. That’s in part because they’re blessed to have Tara on their team. Follow her for a steady stream of well-reported pieces about what the fuck is happening here.
— Tara Culp-Ressler (@Tara_CR) January 22, 2017
Fresh off a job at the Hillary Clinton campaign, Zerlina Maxwell’s Twitter remains a place of progressive thought leadership and smart analysis.
Whatever strategy Dems thought they had a week ago should be set on fire. Opposition to Trump is what the people want. #stopsessions
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) January 30, 2017
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