So much of Instagram these days is photoshopped pictures of impossibly attractive influencers hawking diet products. It’s not exactly the kind of content that will empower women. Thankfully, not all Instagram accounts are equal. There are a few blessed ladies out there working to empower women instead of making us feel inadequate or imploring us to spend our hard-earned money on some nonsense. Here are six of the best Instagram accounts out there with a solid, feminist, empowering message.
She Should Run: @sheshouldrun
She Should Run is a nonpartisan organization that helps more women run for public office — on both sides of the aisle. Their Instagram page is filled with inspiring stories of female successes in the political arena and in society as a whole. But it’s not just for women interested in politics or running for office. It’s for anyone interested in inequality in the workplace or empowering quotes about women. She Should Run brightens up my feed with a can-do attitude and a more optimistic look at what women are able to do and where the feminist movement is going from here.
Jameela Jamil: @i_weigh
Jameela Jamil is an actress and influencer who is not here for Instagram’s unhealthy bullshit. After recovering from an eating disorder herself, she started the Instagram page i_weigh to fight against harmful stereotypes of both the body and mind. i_weigh sets out to make us all feel a little better about ourselves by practicing what Jamil calls radical inclusivity. This account is all about positivity and self-care and self-acceptance while rejecting so much of the harmful programming we’ve all received that makes us feel “less than”.
Lara Parker: @laraeparker
Lara Parker is an outspoken advocate for women’s health and specifically endometriosis awareness. I discovered her journey of pain and what she calls “vagina problems” when I was at the beginning of my own frustrating adventure with pain-related medical problems, a journey that is ongoing, for both of us. Parker advocates tirelessly for improved awareness of women’s health issues and the use of marijuana for pain management. She is constantly body-positive and accepting. Parker’s openness is refreshing and inspiring. She is an empowering follow for any woman who has medical problems and had trouble getting a doctor to take their pain seriously.
Nikki. Meghan. Shay. Brandy: @influencingincolor
These four women noticed a serious representation problem in the world of Instagram influencing and decided they had the solution. This account is an essential follow adding the voices of women of color to the endless sea of white women and their gender reveal parties in the Instagram world. These ladies are all about inclusivity. They created their account to ensure that every voice is heard in the social media sphere. As an added bonus, this is the most aesthetically gorgeous account that I follow. The fashion is fabulous and every single picture of these four is goals.
Sierra Schultzzie: @schultzzie
Sierra Schultzzie is another Instagram influencer out there breaking the mold. Instead of trying to sell us appetite-suppressing lollipops, Schultzzie’s message is one of body-positivity and self-acceptance. It’s totally refreshing and empowering. Schultzzie espouses a kind of bubbly positivity that will brighten even the darkest of days. Speaking of which, her whole feed is brightly colored. Her springtime aesthetic is impossible not to smile at. Schultzzie is unapologetically confident in a world where self-love is often an act of rebellion. Every woman can take a positive lesson from Schultzzie’s empowering outlook on confidence and appearance.
Shira Rose: @theshirarose
Going with the theme of body positivity that we have going here, Shira Rose is an eating disorder therapist and a body-positive blogger that is in recovery from an eating disorder herself. She is aggressively anti-fat phobic and fights hard against the societal morays that tell us all that thinness is the end all be all of beauty. Shira Rose is all about eating when you’re hungry, and eating what makes you feel good. Her account will empower you to be a little easier on yourself and on your body, especially now when everyone is tweeting about the quarantine fifteen.