In the age of social media and the internet, it’s easy to forget the importance of having a voice and being heard.
It’s also easy to assume that the way you express yourself on social media or on the internet is the only way you’ll get noticed.
But if you don’t have a voice, it can be hard to find work and career opportunities.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of things you can do to make your voice heard and support other marginalized groups.1.
Don’t go it aloneIf you’ve always wanted to get in touch with your colleagues, get them to sign a petition.
If you’re a teacher or administrator, write an open letter to the school board or district administration.
If the president of the university board has a sexist, misogynistic, racist, or homophobic comment, ask him to take it down.
You can also get involved with local and national feminist groups.2.
Don�t put down your phonesThe hashtag #notmyphone, coined in 2017 by activist Gabriella Coleman, has helped us break through barriers in a variety of ways, including raising awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual harassment.
When you use the hashtag, you’re using it as a weapon, not a weaponizing tool.3. Don���t stop talkingWhen you’re struggling to break through a silo of institutionalized racism and sexism, it�s easy to get stuck in an endless cycle of silence.
You might not be able to talk to your peers, but you can speak up.
You have the power to make a difference, and the power of a hashtag.4.
Find out where you belongThe hashtag, #NotMyJob, was created by the feminist collective the Black Girl Dangerous to break the silo that prevents women of color from speaking up about systemic violence against women.5.
Share your workWhen you have a job, ask yourself: Is this job really about creating a better world for women?
What kind of work can I do that helps other marginalized people?
If you don�t feel comfortable speaking up, ask if you can work on a project for a nonprofit organization that supports women.
If it’s a project that involves mentoring women and girls, you might want to ask for help.6.
Talk to your communityThe hashtags #StopHate, #StopWhiteHate and #StopCulture of Hate, all started by black women, have helped us raise awareness about racial and cultural discrimination.
If your boss or boss�s white friend is sexist, racist or homophobic, it might be time to talk about it.7.
Make a listOf all the ways that you can contribute to a cause or project, consider asking yourself, “How can I be a more effective ally and supporter?”
A list of your favorite feminist and/or social justice organizations, or of other marginalized voices you know can help.8.
Take a standWhen you see another person in a social justice action, take a moment to remember what it feels like to be an ally and an ally to other marginalized folks.
For instance, if you have someone you love and support in a relationship, you can make sure they know how much you appreciate their support and care.