14 Empowering Women You Should Be Following On Instagram Right Now

March 8, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
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Change is happening all around us and bringing much-needed social reforms–and, it’s all being done by powerful, unapologetic, strong WOMEN across the world. They’re marching in the national Women’s March, petitioning lawmakers to enact necessary legislations, and encouraging others to do the same.

Instagram has proven to be a powerful tool for these women, like comedian Chelsea Handler, director Ava DuVernay, and activists Cleo Wade and Rupi Kaur, in 2018, giving them the platform to spread awareness for their causes with millions of followers. But, what makes them a great follow is that they also use their account to showcase other brilliant woman and lift them up, which then empowers more to stand up and make a change!

If you’re looking for more empowering women to follow on Instagram, make sure it’s one of these amazing females:

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Rupi Kaur (@rupikaur_)

The Canadian-Indian poet and illustrator's Instagram is filled with thought-provoking poems from her growing body of work. She poses important questions and empowers her followers to think outside of the box. 

FOLLOW HER NOW: @rupikaur_

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The Wing (@the.wing)

The Wing is a New York-based network of "co-working and community spaces for women" with the mission of creating "space for women to advance their pursuits and build community together." They sell their own feminist-inspired merch and fill their Instagram page with inspiring quotes, graphics, memes and women. 

FOLLOW THEM NOW: @the.wing.

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Tracee Ellis Ross (@traceeellisross)

The Blackish actress has been a vocal advocate for the Time's Up Movement and dedicates her Instagram to sharing empowering messages, people and moments from her life. She also uses her platform to promote other powerful women and educate her followers on the important causes she supports. 

FOLLOW HER NOW: @traceeellisross

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Piera Gelardi (@pieraluisa)

You may know this fabulous female as the executive creative director and co-founder of Refinery29, a publication that aims to "inspire, entertain, and empower [their] audience through optimistic and diverse storytelling, experiences, and points of view." Her Instagram features fascinating and colorful snippets from her day-to-day life, while also upholding Refinery29's mission of sharing empowering messages and content. 

FOLLOW HER NOW: @pieraluisa

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Petra Collins (@petrafcollins)

This empowering woman wears many hats. She's an artist, photographer, fashion model and director. Her Instagram showcases her many bodies of work, which all feature dreamlike elements and boast femininity.

FOLLOW HER NOW @petrafcollins

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Amandla Stenberg (@amandlastenberg)

You may recognize Amandla from The Hunger Games. Little Rue is all grown up, and she's using her fame to make a difference in the world--starting with her Instagram!

FOLLOW HER NOW: @amandlastenberg

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Mari Andrew (@bymariandrew)

This NYC-based illustrator spreads empowering messages with her charismatic drawings, each of which highlight important aspects of feminism. But, you can also expect some relatable doodles that perfectly encapsulate the female experience. 

FOLLOW HER NOW: @bymariandrew

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Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler)

Known for her unapologetic comedy, the star is turning a new leaf and using her Instagram to spread awareness to the causes that she holds near and dear to her heart. Expect a good laugh and the inspiration to do something when you follow her!

FOLLOW HER NOW: @chelseahandler

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Gloria Steinem (@gloriasteinem)

How are you not following this feminist icon on Instagram already? Her 'gram keeps followers updated on her day-to-day life, while also providing them with content that's informative and empowering. She sheds light on her activism, while also introducing her followers to the other strong women that she collaborates with and is inspired by. 

FOLLOW HER NOW: @gloriasteinem

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Adwoa Aboah (@adwoaaboah)

You may recognize Adwoa from her stunning British Vogue cover, but the model is so much more than a model. She's the founder of GURL TALK, an online community for young women to discuss things like mental health, sex, and social media. Trust us, she's a bad ass! 

FOLLOW HER NOW: @adwoaaboah

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Tess Holliday (@tessholliday)

The plus-size model is using her platform to showcase her body and spread body positivity and inclusivity everywhere, especially on the runway and in the fashion industry. 

FOLLOW HER NOW: @tessholliday

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Whit Wolfe Herd

She got her start by creating Bumble, the dating app that eliminates the stigma that men have to make the first move in the relationship. She inspires women to take a stand and encourages them to use their voices freely.

FOLLOW HER NOW: @whitwolfeherd

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Cleo Wade (@cleowade)

This poet/artist/activist uses her Instagram to spread empowering messages of self-love, inclusivity and feminism. 

FOLLOW HER NOW: @cleowade

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Ava DuVernay (@ava)

The Wrinkle In Time director is known for pushing boundaries in the entertainment industry and encouraging audiences to think outside of societal norms with her work--and her Instagram account is no different. 



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