11 Politically Outspoken Female Authors On Twitter You Should Be Following
It seems now more than ever, we are inundated on social media by people expressing their strong opinions, political or otherwise. It's crucial, especially in the wake of November's presidential election where so many of us feel victim to the comfort of our own Facebook echo chambers, to expose ourselves to opposing opinions — but it's also nice to know that there are some badass politically outspoken female authors on Twitter you should be following who feel exactly the same way about the world you do.
Authors more than any other kind of celebrity have always been outspoken about politics and their world views. Whether through their books, stories, and poetry or in newspaper op-eds, interviews, and speeches, authors in general haven't been shy about sharing their feelings about everything from the government to civil rights to war and so much more. Now that social media is a part of everyday life, writers have yet another medium to share not only their work with their fans, but their political opinions and personal beliefs. A powerful way of sharing, inspiring, encouraging, and validating their fans own beliefs, authors who share their opinions on Twitter and Facebook are a great reminder that no one can afford to be silent. Not now, not ever.
If you can't get enough politics, but you want a bookish twist to your daily dose of liberal love, here are 11 active female authors on Twitter you should be following. Let the retweeting commence.
1. J.K. Rowling
The queen of shutting down online haters, J.K. Rowling is the one person you should be following on Twitter. Rowling uses her Twitter account to answer fan questions, share Harry Potter news, and, of course, take down Donald Trump. She's fun, sassy, and shares a lot of great activist news for anyone looking for positivity in their feed.
2. Roxane Gay
Outspoken feminist author Roxane Gay isn't shy in her writing, and she isn't shy on Twitter, either. Most recently, she has used her account to talk about the Milo Yiannopoulos controversy, noting that Simon & Schuster's decision to cancel his book deal was "a business decision" and not a moral choice. Never afraid to tell it straight, Gay's account is great for readers and aspiring writers who want to see how a successful author thinks (at least, online.)
3. Gayle Forman
4. Jessica Bennett
The author of Feminist Fight Club, Jessica Bennett is one author every woman should be following online. Sharp, smart, and funny, Bennett's account will inspire, enrage, and make you laugh all at once.
5. Jennifer Weiner
6. Jacqueline Woodson
7. Malinda Lo
On Malinda Lo's Twitter, you'll find everything from book and event announcements, conversations around diversity, and even honest talk about mental health and creativity. Her Tweets are personal and honest, and often reflect exactly what new activists and frustrated resistors are thinking, which can be reassuring for anyone feeling lost, confused, or stuck.
8. Andi Zeisler
9. Porochista Khakpour
10. Jessica Valenti
11. Luvvie Ajayi
The comedic author of I'm Judging You, a laugh-out-loud manual that was recently picked up by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers' Shondaland to be developed into a comedy series, Luvvie Ajayi is hilarious wherever she is, but especially on Twitter. A fun account that doesn't shy away from making fun of (while criticizing) American politics, Ajayi's Twitter will bring a smile to your face, and maybe even inspire your next protest sign.