Despite older generations calling us avocado toast obsessed tech freaks, social activism is also a large part of millennial life. We are a generation that is not afraid to give our two cents, as well as form our own movements to make sure we are heard. We are fearless in our pursuit of equality, always redefining what it really means to be “woke.”
No matter the cause, activism remains a vital part of social change. Today I wanted to shine a light on activists tackling the issue of ableism, providing equal and safe spaces for disabled people everywhere. Here are five women fighting the good fight to speak up against ableists in an #Unplugged way!
Carrie is staff writer at the queer interest website Autostraddle where she handles all things disability, from ableist sex toy manuals to how to be disabled according to stock photography. She also has a lovely interview series, “Queer Crip Love Fest” where she interviews queer folks with disabilities about all kinds of love, including yours truly. Speaking of interviews, Carrie has also been on several podcasts, on topics “Bad With Money with Gaby Dunn”, “The Accessible Stall” and “Yo! Is this racist?” I’m patiently waiting for the day she goes on NPR.
Keah is a familiar face here on SheUnplugged, as she was featured on my list of writers of color I love. Keah, is a fellow western New Yorker, like myself and is the creator behind the viral #DisabledandCute hashtag. This movement helped people with disabilities celebrate ourselves in a society that tells us not to. Keah dreams of taking the message of self acceptance on Ellen and I cannot wait to see her up there!
Vilissa is a writer, Licensed Master Social Worker, Founder of Ramp Your Voice!, a disability rights organization, and creator of #DisabilityToo White, a hashtag to discuss the lack of representation among disabled people of color. She is also the creator of the Black Disabled Woman Syllabus, a resource comprised of different mediums that talk about the intersection of blackness and disabled black women.
A fellow Queer Crip Love Fest Alumna, Alaina describes herself as the “Swiss Army Knife” of Digital Media and Publishing (which sounds pretty badass if you ask me). Alaina has racked up a stack of bylines from Cosmo to Teen Vogue and The Boston Globe. She has worked with Disability in Kidlit and the non profit We Need Diverse Books, widening the discussion on diversity and representation in Children’s & MG (Middle Grade) and YA (Young Adult) literature.
Alice is the founder & project coordinator of the Disability Visibility Project, an online community dedicated to telling the stories of disability culture (as told by disabled people, not outsiders). She is a co partner in #CripTheVote, discussing how politics and policy impact the disability community. Recently Alice wrote an essay for the disability section of The New York Times, about Medicaid, the current state of healthcare and why many of us with disabilities wouldn’t be able to survive without the help of public programs and services.