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How social media has revolutionised the liberation of women.

TSocial media has gained itself a bad reputation over the years, with many people claiming that it is directly responsible for increasing bullying and online harassment. However, this is not always the case, and social media can benefit a wide range of people. Social Media has been used to help bring about significant changes in society. One example of this is its use as a tool for women’s liberation around the world. We will discuss how Social Media has revolutionised women’s liberation and how it is helping them gain more independence from men than ever before.

1. The history of women’s liberation

The history of women’s liberation is tied to the history of the broader feminist movement. In particular, the movement for women’s rights, suffrage and equal rights began during the 19th century. In 1848, the first Women’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. In the same year, suffragette Susan B. Anthony was arrested and charged with sedition for writing “I seduce and insult no man” on the door of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. However, her life-threatening sedition conviction was overturned because the sedition was protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. As the movement for feminist goals gathered momentum, so did the use of social media to organise, share information, and organise events. Many women took that momentum and ran with it, creating their social media platforms.

American vlogger Candace Owens created a social media page called Project Chanel. In her initial post, she began discussing her “vanities and closets, home decoration and decorating projects for friends and lovers” and called her page “Girl Projects.” Over the coming years, the page would gain a large following, with many people commenting on how much they appreciated being invited and sharing their get-togethers on the page. It would even become a safe space for women to ask questions about life and provided many women with friends and companionships in common. Although social media can be an excellent tool for many people, its use in specific contexts can have a
darker side.

Digital drama and unintended consequences for consumers, brands, and businesses are the dark side of social media that more people should be discussing. Consumers and advertisers are faced with new privacy concerns, challenges, and opportunities as a result of each.

The first step in combating the dark side of social media is to raise awareness. It’s then time for us to deal with social media’s negative, unintended consequences (pun intended).

2. Social media is helping women’s liberation

“#challengeaccepted” captioned black-and-white pictures of women posted to Instagram in July 2020. Each participant nominated a woman and tagged her in their selfie, challenging them to do the same and nominate another woman.

With this Instagram challenge, women worldwide came together on a common platform to stand up against the obstacles that many women face today, according to the creators. This period was characterised by a flurry of Instagram stories and posts from celebrities and non-celebrities alike.

But the inspiration for this challenge has a much more sinister history behind it. In Turkey, reports of femicide have risen in recent years (the killing of a woman or girl, in particular by a man and on account of her gender). Black-and-white images of women who had been murdered in Turkey would appear in Turkish media every morning. Women around the world began posting black-and-white pictures of themselves in response to this.

Starting in 2014, #HeForShe is a “solidarity movement for the advancement of gender equality”
spearheaded by the United Nations and UN Women. With this movement, people of all genders were invited to join women in closing the gender gap. It was supported by more than 1.2 billion people worldwide, including well-known actors like Emma Watson, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne. It’s still going strong, and you can find it all over Twitter.

When it comes to hiring new employees, closing the gender pay gap, giving women financial
independence, and helping to end violence against women, the campaign’s primary focus is on gender equality in the workplace. They challenge traditional gender stereotypes by using these areas!

3. #MeToomovement, a social media movement that has changed the world

The #MeToo movement has become one of the most well-known and widely covered social media trends in the last decade. When it comes to sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace, the #MeToo movement is a movement that aims to bring attention to crimes “committed by powerful and prominent men.” When social media platforms (most notably Twitter and Instagram) started trending in 2017, thousands of women began sharing their own assault stories, shaking entire industries.

Numerous powerful politicians, actors, directors, and businessmen have been accused of sexual assaults. This movement is working to dismantle the widespread crimes against women that continue to occur at the workplace and in other usually safe spaces. Many abusers have been sent to prison as a result of this movement, which is backed by women from all over the world.

Since then, the #MeToo movement has spread to dozens of countries around the world, with women from all walks of life joining the movement. No matter how much of a fad the hashtag may have gone out of style, women are still working to maintain the excellent work done by this group.

4. Harnessing the power of social media to help women receive recognition for their work

Social media is a powerful tool that can help women receive recognition for their work, especially within the male-dominated tech industry. It can also help women build their brands and increase their visibility. However, it’s also essential for women in the tech industry to use social media in a way that’s authentic to them and their brand.

Firstly, social media lets everyone communicate and meet each other in a more relaxed way than ever before, which is a positive development for everyone involved. Although women being on social media is positively received, it isn’t always safe to use it as a full-time career. There are many beauty bloggers and influencers on social media who make a living by creating their independent work and putting it on social media. There are also many female writers, artists, and creators who have taken years of doing ludicrously tricky things in order to gain attention. They are often misunderstood and threatened by online trolls, who launch vicious personal attacks in an attempt to ruin their personal and professional lives. As a result, many women quit social media. However, for those who are genuine and comfortable on social
media, it has helped them get over the shame and stigma around the industry.

There are, of course, other women who quit in the face of abuse, so for women on social media entering the workforce for the first time, it can be tricky to feel comfortable and happy when they face online abuse. However, there are strategies you can use to protect yourself and to gain some kind of protection. It’s best to leave comments on other people’s posts that are certain to create a positive reaction and higher engagement. Women get abused on the platform, so keeping a clear head and writing an honest and supportive comment in return is a simple way to make a quick buck. Comments around the levels of abusive or threatening can be reported, which can often result in the commenter being blocked.

5. How to use social media to your advantage and help women’s liberation in your own way

For decades, consumerism has shaped our society and how we deal with problems. For example, in the late 19th century, women were expected to continue working after they grew their own children and were expected to consummate their relationships. In addition, the hygiene and fashion trends that emerged at this time were primarily dictated by the needs of the male consumer market.

Women and men from all over the world are taking part in a global movement for women’s rights, equality, and justice that has never before been seen. To combat sexual harassment, women are raising their voices in unison through global marches and social media campaigns such as #MeToo.

It is possible for organisations, activists, as well as citizens to demand justice by using social media to elevate voices and stories, create awareness and build relationships.

Sometimes, behaviours that we take for granted or even consider to be strange take place online and are overwhelmingly unopposed by people with standardised behaviour. For example, you would almost never see someone complimenting another person on their attractive appearance on social media. However, this is what is happening with people who are posting selfies of themselves on social media.

We can encourage women of all ages to follow inspiring women who will provide positive insights and motivation and inspire you to become a better person.

Here are #womenempowering Instagram accounts to follow:

@girlgaze – @girlgaze is a collective of female-identifying and non-binary visual storytellers and content creators who advocate for an equal playing field for women in male-dominated industries such as advertising and media. Their carefully curated feed is full of beautiful artwork created by women who are underrepresented.

@jameelajamilofficial – She uses her platform to discuss eating disorders, women’s reproductive rights, feminism, and body positivity. She is known for being open and honest about her struggles with body image, and it’s impossible not to admire her sincerity and feel empowered by her openness and honesty.

@makerswomen – Dedicated to empowering women, @makerswomen is a media brand dedicated to accelerating the women’s movement through real-life stories. Inspiring speeches, eye-opening interviews (Oprah, Shonda Rhimes, Lena Dunham, to name a few), and motivational quotes from women who continue to change the world are all part of their daily feed.

@ladiesgetpaid – Ladies Get Paid (@ladiesgetpaid) is dedicated to the advancement of women and offers resources to help you grow your career and bank account. A weekly webinar on how to level up in a male-dominated field is held on the account’s website.

@femalecollective – In addition to inspirational quotes about self-love, @femalecollective features feminist memes and feminist humour.

Conclusion: It is undeniable that social media can be both a force for good and a negative influence on society, depending on how it is used by its users.