Today, we know that Feminism means much more than fighting for women’s rights only; Feminism also supports the rights for all gender identities and for many other vulnerable, underrepresented, and non-dominant identities. And social media has proven itself to be a fantastic space to connect, inform, learn, entertain, and spread messages that support inclusivity, equality, self-love, and body positivity.
If you’re looking for more Feminism in your Instagram feed, check out these 14 accounts we picked for you; they will definitely give you a lot of food for thought and show you how each of us can make the world a better place — plus, it’s all cool design!
Feminist is a community of advisors, creators, partners and artists working to provide a space for intersectional feminism. Their work is all about amplifying the voices, messages, and platforms of a diverse network of activists, creators, and artists — including Women, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+. Visit their beautifully designed website to learn more about their mission and advisors.
2. Rinny Riot
Rinny Riot is the Instagram page owned by Rinny Perkins, a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Los Angeles. Rinny uses visual art as an instrument to disrupt the homogenous representation of women in media. Her graphic design, which nods to the 70s ephemera and is sapiently paired with comedy, puts an emphasis on the intersections of feminism in identity of Black and queer womanhood. Her work has also been featured by I-D/VICE, Nylon and Teen Vogue.
3. Lainey Molnar
Lainey Molnar is a freelance illustrator from Hungary on a mission to empower womxn and normalising their choices, whatever they might be. Through her honest avatar-like comics, she focuses on womxn’s role in society and the way it perceives them; she addresses the way womxn have to navigate all the expectations imposed by society as well as reach the milestones society has set out for them — eg. maintaining the perfect size and shape, being maternal but also ambitious, strong but also sensitive, or staying youthful while gracefully accepting the aging process.
4. Bode Burnout
If sarcasm can be an art form, Bode Burnout has definitely mastered it. Loud and direct, Bode Burnout exploits “ugly” drawn sketches and freehand poetry to convey funny, yet relatable messages, and to expose situations that a lot of women have experienced in their dating lives. Jodie is the name of the Australian artist behind the page.
5. Laetitia Ky
Laetitia Ky is an Ivorian artist and model who has gained popularity on Instagram and TikTok thanks to the crafty way in which she braids and models her hair to create beautifully intricate sculptures. Her hair sculptures are very political, and at the same time educational — you can see an example in this video, where she uses her hair to describe the female anatomy.
6. Wagina Pineapple
Wagina Pineapple is an illustrated meme page by Danish feminist cartoonist Sofie Riise Nors. Sofie purposely works with poorly drawn lines as a rebellious commentary to society’s expectations of perfection towards women as professionals and human beings. Her bold artworks support the artist’s belief that womanhood can be multidimensional: rough and brutal and, at the same time, graceful and kind. Combining humour with an anarchist drawing style, she’s serving patriarchy a pungent criticism sandwich.
Sofie will host a Night Talk at Design Matters 21, which will take place in Copenhagen and online on September 29–30, 2021. Get your ticket now!
7. MF Visual Arts
Margarita, the artist behind MF Visual Arts, is a queer Latinx graphic designer based in Canada. Embracing bright fluorescent tints and melted shapes, Margarita’s art has an hypnotic and hallucinogenic effect on the viewer. This bright and bold style succeeds at grabbing the viewer’s attention and focus it on intersectional feminism.
8. Filthy Rat Bag
Filthy Rat Bag, aka Celeste Mountjoy, is an Australian artist and illustrator whose work consists of poetic observations about sexism, body image, anxiety, societal expectations and insecurities. Disquieting, yet familiar and funny, her art takes a satirical approach in commenting on the behavior of modern society. The artist, purposely abandoning a more traditional way of representing women as beautiful or perfect, morphs her female illustrations into something that is not hot or pretty; the result is drawings of women with body hair and saggy boobs, as well as human-animal hybrids.
9. The Papaya Debate
The Papaya Debate is a yet-to-discover gem heavily inspired by the 70s aesthetics that is all about smashing the patriarchy. Lu, the artist behind the page, is a Dutch graphic design student who loves to create unique art to make a statement and spread equality, good vibes, and a sprinkle of sarcasm.
10. Planet Prudence
Prudence Geerts is the Belgian comic artist behind Planet Prudence, which illustrates the every day problems of being a woman in modern society. Her graceful, feminine, and relatable illustrations manage to capture perfectly the expectations society puts on women. Body positivity and mental health are other topics Prudence addresses through her art. The artist has indeed a traumatic past that sees her being the victim of long lasting childhood sexual abuse and sexual blackmailing by her senior project mentor in high school.
Edgy, unapologetic, and humorous; this community strives to help women (re)define success on their own terms. Girlboss supports women in chasing their dreams, both big and small, by providing a reality where they can make progress personally and professionally. Through their content, Girlboss succeeds at informing, entertaining, and inspiring action. Visit their website to find trends, career advice, and even new job alerts.
Freeda is an Italian media brand that publishes content exclusively to social media. The media company owns two pages: one that posts in Italian and one that posts in English. Freeda’s mission is to inspire, represent and speak to women, as well as spread real women’s stories to inspire positive change and impact society at large.
13. Highly Human
Highly Human is a “queerative space for the human race”. Centering the LGBTQIA+ and Global Majority (BIPOC), they offer designs and experiences that raise consciousness on inclusivity.
14. The Female Lead
This account provides a wide variety of content to entertain and educate on matters about feminism and inform on the latest news that see women as the protagonists. It may not be the most curated Instagram page out there in terms of aesthetics, but it surely does provide great and informative content, which makes it one of the most followed feminist pages — with 1.8 Million followers.
A feminist art gallery that gathers illustrations made by women.
Ladies Who Design
An online space to inspire and celebrate women artists.
Women of Illustration
A community helping female artists be heard, make art, and get paid. They also host a podcast where they offer precious advice and insight into the industry.