Why #YesAllWomen is This Week's Most Important Hashtag

"...Don't tell me I should smile more."

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Elliot Rodger (pictured above) planned and executed a mass shooting on Friday night, killing six people and injuring several. Even more disturbing, Rodger uploaded a series of selfies and YouTube videos on Friday afternoon detailing his plans for "retribution" against girls who weren't attracted to him.

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Once news broke about his violent crimes and vicious words against women, the hashtag #YesAllWomen began trending on Twitter as a way for women to respond to those defending Rodger, but ultimately it turned into a much larger dialogue to bring attention to the very apparent (but often ignored) safety issues women face every day.

Much like the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, users on Twitter have employed the popularity of the social media outlet to highlight pressing issues. See below for some of the most recent conversation:

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