BY Romy Newman
19 Powerful Women to Follow on Twitter
Photo credit: Career Contessa
1. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States (@FLOTUS)
She's the epitome of grace and purpose, and her Twitter feed is a compendium of her diverse efforts to make the world a better place.
2. Hillary Clinton, Democratic Candidate for President 2016 (@HillaryClinton)
Given this year's pre-election craze, following Hillz is a must. Her feed offers clear and extensive explanations of her proposed policies and beliefs. We wish every candidate were this open.
3. Carly Fiorina, Republican Candidate for President 2016 (@carlyfiorina)
Carly is giving those Republican men a run for their money. It's downright fun to see her clearly convey her intelligence and sass through her feed.
4. Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors Company (@mtbarra)
Her day job has got to be one of the world's toughest, but Barra's not the sort to take to Twitter to complain. Instead, her feed is mainly about her commitment to advancing STEM education for girls.
5. Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC Morning Show Co-Host (@morningmika)
Mika is on a crusade to make you #knowyourvalue and get what you deserve. Her feed is full of daily career, financial and life lessons and inspiration for women everywhere.
6. Beth Comstock, Vice Chair of GE (@bethcomstock)
A self-described "marketer on a mission," Beth has had a major hand in evolving one of the county's oldest companies into a leader of the digital age. Her feed is a window into innovations of the future. Too cool.
7. Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief, of Glamour (@cindi_leive)
Cindi is a perennial observer of extraordinary women, and her 140-character acknolwedgements of their accomplishments are both brilliant and often tear-inducing.
8. Jessica Grose, Editor of Lenny Letter (@jessgrose)
A staunch feminist with her finger on the pulse of dialogue about women’s issues, Grose is funny, poignant, and relevant.
9. Shonda Rhimes, Television Producer and Writer of Scandal, Grey's Anantomy, and How To Get Away With Murder (@shondarhimes)
If you like the whip-smart dialog on her shows, Rhimes' feed is a great opportunity to get an extra dose of it—and to see how fabulous, earnest, and real she is. And thanks to her brand new book, she's now encouraging all her followers to try a #yearofyes.
10. Oprah Winfrey (@oprah)
Twitter is a perfect vehicle for Oprah to share her daily lessons, prayers, and recommendations. Plus, it’s a window into her fabulous life—from guest-starring on TV shows to red carpets to private interviews with once-in-a-lifetime subjects.
11. Ivanka Trump, EVP of the Trump Organization and Founder of IvankaTrump.com (@ivankatrump)
Ivanka's created a powerful site for #WomenWhoWork, but her feed is a beautifully curated assortment of advice—from recipes and shoes to tips on how to be a better negotiator or presenter.
12. Brene Brown, Researcher and Author of (most recently) Rising Strong (@brenebrown)
Brene is funny, feisty, eloquent, and inspiring. She encourages us all to accept and embrace ourselves. Who knew a shame researcher could be so endearing?
13. Jean Chatzky, Financial Editor for NBC Today (@jeanchatzsky)
Let’s face it—whether we seek it out or not, we all need more high-quality financial advice in our lives. Thank goodness Jean Chatzky is there to provide it in spades, and in relevant, digestible tips.
14. Patricia Arquette, Actress and Activist (@pattyarquette)
Arquette’s feed will keep you better informed about world affairs than most news outlets, plus she is a major proponent of equal pay for women. Her tweets are always stirring and often profound.
15. Emma Gray, Executive Women's Editor at the Huffington Post (@emmaladyrose)
Few journalists today are as knowledgeable, prolific or as provocative as Gray. Oh, and she gets the award for best background photo on this list!
16. Kristen Bellstrom, Senior Editor at Fortune and Editor of the Broadsheet (@kayelbee)
Kristen’s daily newsletter, the Broadsheet, is a go-to resource for news and information about women’s topics from all around the media. No surprise then that her feed keeps us updated on all the latest issues and takes the time to ask tough questions about injustice.
17. Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO at New America (@SlaughterAM)
Slaughter is leading the dialogue today around women’s issues and workplace challenges, and is willing to engage a debate around potentially controversial ideas that others just won’t (e.g., why women still can’t have it all). Her extraordinary professional background (Princeton Professor, US Dept of State) means that she’s knowledgeable and connected beyond belief. Her feed is sure to elevate your thinking.
18. Claire Cain Miller, Staff Writer at the New York Times (@clairecm)
Claire’s work in the Upshot takes an analytical lens to many of the top feminist issues of the day. Her feed helps adds context and fodder to the issues in her NYT articles, and also retweets other topical material from around the web.
19. Sarah Silverman, Comedian (@SarahKSilverman)
Because staying on top of women’s issues can be difficult and draining, and we all need a laugh in our day. That's why you follow a fearless woman like Sarah who's not afraid to be audacious.
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