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March is National Women’s History Month.
I never remember this until March 8, when my Facebook and Twitter feeds flood with International Women’s Day posts, featuring brilliant quotes by the world’s most famous women.
Younger me would be disappointed that I don’t remember it’s Women’s History Month; the me now is probably doing a craft with the kids and waiting until they go to bed so I can start reading my list of outstanding women bloggers.
Rosetta Thurman is a coach, mentor, author, and entrepreneur. Her blog, Happy Black Woman, was started in 2010 to document her career and life journey and grew to become a community of supportive women.
Thurman quit her job to launch her own consulting business. It takes a crazy amount of courage and dedication to not only know what you want, do it, be successful at it, and share it for everyone to succeed.
Thurman’s posts encourage women to release negativity, set big goals, and start living the dream life speaking to the doubter in us all, and her post on how to write a love letter to your future self outlines how to address doubts and be a better person.
Follow @HappyBlackWoman on Twitter.
Samantha Clarke is the owner and writer of Jill of all Trades. She is a “devout feminist, atheist, vegan and hippie” who writes about politics, feminism, food, health, atheism, news, comedy, and pop culture. She’s a true Jill of all trades.
I suggest starting with “Why I Call Myself a Feminist (And You Should Too).” I’ve always been a feminist (can’t help it; I was born this way), but never put it into words. Clarke lays it out perfectly, “Calling yourself a feminist is saying ‘I think the system is bullshit.’ It’s standing up and declaring that women deserve more than they’re getting (you know, like equal pay and the right to decide on our own medical care).”
I did not start reading Jill of all Trades because of her views on feminism, but stumbled upon her when I went looking for reassurance that I was taking my personal blog in the right direction. Her post about finding your niche helped me see I was making the right decision. Clarke also has a series on “How to Make Money on a Small Blog” and her latest post is on networking and why you should find a “blogging tribe.”
When I first started blogging, I found a “tribe.” But we didn’t call ourselves a tribe, so her post really resonated with me because if I had not found that group of women, I would have never kept at the whole blogging thing.
Follow @JillDeTrabajos on Twitter.
Speaking of finding my tribe, I went through several. Some tribes I grew out of, others would not have me, and still others broadened my horizons and introduced me to some truly amazing women. Galit Breen is one such person who I have not so secretly been stalking for the last three years or so.
Galit Breen is the author behind These Little Waves. She has been featured on several websites like BuzzFeed and Huffington Post, and with good reason – she is a fantastic writer. She opens her heart and shares herself and her stories about being a non-volunteering mom, raising tweens, her faith, body shaming, and her marriage in a way that’s pure poetry.
When her kids started asking about social media, she not only wanted to teach her kids about being kind online, but she published a book on how to do it.
Follow @GalitBreen on Twitter.
Many discovered Femsplain because it was hacked on International Women’s Day this year.
Its servers went down for several hours, but being attacked comes with the territory when you create a space where your mission is to “change the dialogue of what it’s like to be a woman.”
I hadn’t heard about @femsplain until it was DDoS attacked today. Now 370,000 more know about it, too. Well played, misogynists!
— Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer) March 8, 2015
On the first of every month, Femsplain shares a theme for the month (this month’s theme is fear) and accepts submissions from any “female identified” authors.
Currently, this is a labor of love for founder Amber Gordon. But with the help of Gabriela Barkho and Jess Goodwin, who edit content submissions voluntarily, they are working to create a safe space on the internet to share what it’s like to be a woman in a supportive, positive community for anyone to comment – even men.
Follow @femsplain on Twitter.
Tara Sophia Mohr is an expert on women’s leadership and well-being. She has published a book to help women succeed, is a life coach, created a leadership program, and shares her experiences and advice on her blog, TaraMohr.com.
Mohr inspires women to “play big” by outlining her principles to becoming a brilliant woman and sharing how she got her voice back after avoiding her creative self. She is encouraging without being preachy, in fact she’s also a poet so her encouragement is a true work of art.
Follow @TaraSophia on Twitter.
P.S. Ever wonder how we come up with ideas for our blog profiles? Our handy list of industries and subjects on PR Newswire for Journalists stays top of mind. If you’re a blogger or journalist looking for women-related news, let us know. We’re happy to customize that feed for you on PR Newswire for Journalists.
Mary Johnson is the office manager in the PR Newswire Cleveland office. When she’s not pinning at pinterest.com/mryjhnsn, you can find her blogging at ineedaplaydate.com. Follow her on Twitter at @mryjhnsn.