Posted: May 16, 2014 7:00 AM
Social media defines social movements today. Word of mouth is literally spreading like wildfire giving power to those willing to put their fingertips to their keyboards. We’ve gathered women-created social movements that you need to know about and perhaps join in on.
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Women are doing amazing things online and are literally changing the world via their hearts and their keyboards. Meet six women you need to know about, and their works of heart you may want to join in on.

Glennon Doyle Melton

Momastery's Monkee See - Monkee Do

Glennon Doyle MeltonGlennon Doyle Melton lives her life paying close attention and noticing special things about the world and her people — and then she comes home and writes about how beautiful and brutal it all is. About her online community, Doyle says. "I started Momastery as a way to get all of my scary private thoughts, feelings and experiences out in the light so they wouldn't seem so scary anymore. Now we are a community of 150,000 people who meet daily and practice finding the beautiful in life's messes. What our community will do next is the same thing I've been doing next since the moment I decided to get sober 12 years ago: Just The Next Right Thing, one thing at a time." One of these right things is Doyle's Monkee See - Monkee Do. The goal of Monkee See – Monkee Do is simple: They see needs in their communities and they do something about them to the tune of raising $25,000 in 10 hours for a family who desperately needed it. Doyle calls these calls for help Love Flash Mobs.

Learn more^ To join Glennon's Monkees visit The Monkees of Momastery.

Photo credit: Glennon Doyle

Sheila McCraith

The Orange Rhino Challenge

Sheila McCraithThe Orange Rhino, a.k.a. Sheila McCraith is the creator of The Orange Rhino Challenge blog and author of Yell Less, Love More. She uses both platforms to support and inspire others on their own journeys to yell less. About The Orange Rhino Challenge, McCraith says, "After being caught screaming at my four boys, I decided that enough was enough and that I had to stop yelling. The next day I promised my boys I would go 365 days straight without yelling and created a public blog to help keep me accountable and find much needed support. What started off as just a blog and a small online support group of about 10 friends has become an international community of about 50,000 people who support each other on their journeys to yell less by sharing tips to not yell, providing online words of encouragement and reminding everyone that no one is alone in the struggle to yell less. I hope The Orange Rhino Community continues to grow both online vis-à-vis the new, private forum created to serve as the destination everyone goes to find encouragement, tips and guidance (kind of like an online "How to Yell Less" Encyclopedia) and offline through the expansion of local Orange Rhino Support groups and Orange Rhino products that exist as strong visual reminders to not yell. My goal used to be to learn how to not yell; now my mission is to help others yell less and as a result experience more loving moments in their lives."

Learn more^To join Sheila's The Orange Rhino Challenge, visit the The Orange Rhino Facebook group.

Photo credit: Sheila McCraith

Ann Imig

Listen to Your Mother

Ann ImigAnn Imig is a stay-at-home humorist and mother of two. In 2010, Ann founded Listen To Your Mother (LTYM), spawning the live-reading series now giving Mother's Day a microphone in cities nationwide and appearing on NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post. About Listen to Your Mother, Imig says, "I started LTYM in Madison, Wisconsin, with one show in 2010 to give voice to my own stories of motherhood, as well as those from other writers in my hometown, in a community Mother's Day celebration. I felt Mother's Day deserved more than eggs Benedict once a year, but I had no idea LTYM would transform Mother's Day into a 32-city national live-reading series featured on major media outlets, a social media phenomenon and a book (coming from Amy Einhorn Books in 2015). LTYM has already grown beyond anyone's wildest expectations. I think only "she" knows where she's going, and I'm just trying to keep up and enjoy the ride."

Learn more^To join Ann's Listen to Your Mother — on stage or in the audience — visit Listen to Your Mother.

Photo credit: Ann Imig

Jill Smokler

The Scary Mommy Nation

Jill SmoklerWhat started as an innocent online baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler's stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn't have to be perfect. Smokler's community now includes a confessional, contributing writers, expert support, a travel guide and The Scary Mommy Nation where The Scary Mommy Community members spring into action and support more than 400 families by providing them with the necessary resources for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. The Thanksgiving Project garnered international attention, appearing on Good Morning America, Nightline, the home pages of Yahoo, MSN, Huffington Post and more. About The Scary Mommy Nation, Smokler says, "Born out of a simple blog post in 2011, Scary Mommy Nation is now an official 501(c)3 non-profit. The project has helped over 4,500 families to date celebrate a Thanksgiving they wouldn't otherwise have had."

Learn more^To join Jill's Scary Mommy Nation, visit Scary Mommy.

Photo credit: Jill Smokler

Rachel Macy Stafford

The Hands Free Revolution

Rachel Macy StaffordRachel Macy Stafford provides readers with simple, non-intimidating and motivating strategies to let go of the distractions and pressures of the modern age and connect to what (and who) matters in life. Stafford's Hands Free Revolution is a movement made up of people who wish to reject society's pressure to live a hurried, fractured and disconnected existence. Stafford says, "It's a community of people who wish to create a meaningful life by temporarily letting go of distraction and perfection to be fully present with someone they love. The community is over 120K strong. I only see the community growing larger as more and more people are looking for realistic ways to protect their time and their relationships from technology's addictive grip."

Learn more^To join Rachel on her Hands Free journey, join the The Hands Free Revolution Facebook group.

Photo credit: Rachel Macy Stafford

Veronica I. Arreola


Veronica I. ArreolaVeronica I. Arreola is a professional feminist, writer and a mom. She's also the creator of the 365 Feminist Selfie project which invites women to take daily real-life photos of themselves and share them via social media. The hope is increased self-love and women truly seeing themselves — and each other — with easier eyes. About #365FeministSelfie Arreola says, "#365FeministSelfie began on my birthday, Dec. 28, as I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do in 2014 on my blog, Viva la Feminista and during my last year of my 30s. It was quite simply a mash-up of a self-portrait project I did in 2008 on Flickr and the ongoing debate over selfies that exploded with the #feministselfie hashtag in the fall. I thought, why not combine the two and ask those who follow/read me to join in. I never imagined it would had grown as it has." Hundreds of women join in #365FeministSelfie week after week. Will you be one of them?

Learn more^To join Veronica's #365FeministSelfie, visit Viva La Feminista.

Photo credit: Veronica I. Arreola

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