With 87 million women between the ages of 18 and 76 years old online, and another 69 million using social media on a weekly basis, according to BlogHer’s Social Media Matters study, it’s fair to say women run the world web. It’s one of the reasons social media influencer Ananda Leeke founded the Digital Sisterhood Network. The “Jill of Many Trades” (she’s a lawyer-turned-author, as well as an artist, coach, innerpreneur, yoga instructor, among other things) sparked a movement that consists of a national and international following; an entire month dedicated to women in social media, Digital Sisterhood Month, which takes place in December. There’s also a weekly celebration on Twitter and Facebook, entitled #DigitalSisterhood Wednesdays, geared toward shouting out your network and igniting meaningful conversation. As the organization’s designated month comes to a close, Digital Sisterhood announced the 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year. The Digital Sisterhood 100 is comprised of seven categories: Creativista, Empirista, Empowerista, Enchantista, Evangelista, Flowista, and Lifestylista. Take a look at who made the list: —Janel Martinez
Arielle Loren, founder of Corset Magazine, is a sexuality thought leader, writer, and filmmaker who has been featured and praised by The Huffington Post, NPR, Jezebel, NBC News (The Grio), BET, EBONY, The Root, and Clutch Magazine. In 2011, the Women’s Media Center honored her for empowering women online.
Founder of the Majora Carter Group, this South Bronx native is invested in revolutionizing her community and areas just like it around the country through urban planning and environmental activism. Majora Carter’sconsulting company has provided climate adaptation, urban revitalization, and leadership development strategies for business, government, foundations, universities, and economically under-performing communities. Her long list of awards and recognitions includes a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. She founded Startup Box: South Bronx, a program designed to bring together students, startups, and community members to learn from and inspire one another.
Whether she’s penning or editing articles for Black Enterprise Magazine or attending tech events to scope out the latest trends, products or budding techies, our very own tech editor Marcia Wade-Talbertremains on the pulse when it comes to all-things tech. Follow her on Twitter @newsgyrl.
Dedicated to merging faith and social justice, Monica A. Colemanfounded “The Dinah Project,” an organized church response to sexual violence, at Metropolitan Interdenominational Church in Nashville, Tenn. An ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Coleman has earned degrees at Harvard University, Vanderbilt University and Claremont Graduate University. She is currently the Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions and Co-Director of the Center for Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology in southern California. The minister is founder of the Beautiful Mind blog.
Travel writer and entrepreneur Tracey Friley is the brains behind OneBrownGirl, a brand that uses social media to celebrate and promote culture, diversity, humanity and travel. Friley also leads The Passport Party Project, sponsored by Expedia.com, a philanthropic initiative that gifts 100 underserved girls with their very first passports. It began in September 2011 and will end in April 2013.