Twitter is a place where magic happens—Kanye rants (opens in new tab), Chrissy Teigen shuts down haters (opens in new tab), Lauren Graham confirms (opens in new tab) the Gilmore Girls revival. You can do a lot of powerful stuff in 140 characters, which is why, on International Women's Day, we're reflecting on all the feminist moments that have happened on Twitter. From Amy Schumer's body-positive photo shoot to Shonda Rhimes' demands for diversity, these ladies have stood up for themselves and all women in powerfully succinct tweets.
After Piers Morgan cleavage-shamed (opens in new tab) Susan Sarandon's SAG Awards look, she dedicated this photo to him:
Today’s #TBT is dedicated to @piersmorgan. pic.twitter.com/InU7d6qhC0February 4, 2016
Amy Schumer proudly posted a picture from her Pirelli calendar shoot (opens in new tab).
Demi Lovato shared a no-makeup selfie:
Happy #NMM... Send me your gorgeous #NoMakeupMonday pictures! 💗 @devonnebydemi pic.twitter.com/sqdPootqQkJanuary 25, 2016
Ashley Graham promoted the idea that beauty has no size:
Yes!!! Many women should feel that they are now being represented! #beautybeyondsize #AskAshley https://t.co/5hDwQIv3jwFebruary 16, 2016
In the wake of the Bill Cosby case, Lena Dunham called out Hollywood for siding with men in power:
It takes Hollywood far too long to believe survivors, and even longer to stop defending the men who make the money. A simple and sad truth.July 12, 2015
After walking the red carpet at the SAGs, Mindy Kaling highlighted just how sexist reporters can be when asking women about their careers:
Reporters ask ders/Blake/Adam, rob/Charlie/Glenn, Louie If they get overwhelmed by acting & writing & if they ever doubt themselves, right?June 5, 2015
Ariana Grande reminded the world that she is so much more than "Big Sean's ex-girlfriend":
pic.twitter.com/ifMzCfMA9YJune 7, 2015
Zendaya pointed out that women don't need to wear makeup to look beautiful:
@Manstagram_ that awkward moment when this tweet is irrelevant cause she's slaying both ways #wannaborrowmyglasses pic.twitter.com/4BXge1Ch4KJune 10, 2015
Nicki Minaj proved she's just as good as any male rapper (like we even needed the reminder):
I've gone toe to toe w/everyone of your favorite male MC's. To undermine my skill & diversity as an MC is actually comical @ this point. 👸🏽😜December 11, 2015
If a male rapper was on tracks w/Wayne, Jay, Eminem, Kanye, etc going ROUND 4 ROUND he'd b hailed as a GREAT as well. Jealousy is a diseaseDecember 11, 2015
Not giving me my props doesn't stop me from being great. I am a mogul. Your hate is what made this possible. Lol. Thank uuuuuu! Mmuuaahhh!!!December 11, 2015
To imply someone's ass is the reason they get on tracks and hold their own with every great MC who is still alive 😩 black ppl, do better lolDecember 11, 2015
Lol. R the male rappers only successful cuz they have a big bulge? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂💍💎👸🏽 https://t.co/lF5ngNpe3ADecember 11, 2015
Your greatest achievement in life will be attempting to undermine my greatest achievements in life. lol. Now check that. Phaedra voice 🤗December 11, 2015
Patricia Arquette stood up for transgender women:
These woman need justice. #TransMurder is seldom talked about. These woman are loved and valuable. https://t.co/qj8susMK6yOctober 10, 2015
Debra Messing told a teenage fan to always trust her instincts:
Be patient. Become best friends with your inner voice. Trust instincts. And play. https://t.co/Tv6vDUncobFebruary 28, 2016
Mariska Hargitay advocated for sexual assault survivors:
My hope is that young women who have been hurt never have to hide/can let their voices be heard. #NOMOREFebruary 5, 2015
Shonda Rhimes demanded we talk about diversity:
Know why I hate "why is diversity so important" question? It implies matter should be UP FOR DEBATE. As if LACK of diversity could be valid.February 28, 2016
Ariel Winter embraced the scars from her breast reduction:
Guys there is a reason I didn't make an effort to cover up my scars! They are part of me and I'm not ashamed of them at all. :)January 31, 2016
And Carrie Fisher shut down haters who said she hasn't aged well:
Please stop debating about whetherOR not👁aged well.unfortunately it hurts all3 of my feelings.My BODY hasnt aged as well as I have.Blow us👌🏼December 29, 2015
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