Why #YesAllWomen is This Week's Most Important Hashtag

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

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.

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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