Women’s History Month: Women in Social Media
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This article originally appeared in the March 2023 edition of Inside Equal Access.
Created in 1987 after the Women’s History Project commissioned Congress, Women’s History Month has been celebrated in the United States for the past 36 years. While March is the month we celebrate the amazing accomplishment of women, in recent years, social media platforms have exploded with influencers living with disabilities. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 36 million women in the United States are living with a disability (Center for Disease Control, 2020).
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Anna Sarol (@annasarol on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube) was 15 years old when she sustained a spinal injury while doing gymnastics that left her paralyzed from the waist down. She uses her social media platforms to create awareness about what it’s like to navigate the world using a wheelchair.
Disability Reframed (@disabilityreframed on Instagram) was founded by Ashley Harris Whaley (pictured) and is now contributed to by Alex and Kyle. The team posts content in the hopes of changing perspectives by educating and creating conversations.
Ashley B. Jacobson
Ashely B. Jacobson (@ashleybjacobson) is a disabled disability rights attorney. She is a disability advocate and provides legal services to the exceptional community. She lives with Lupus and other conditions that impact her mobility.
Sasha Hamdani, MD
Sasha Hamdani, MD (@thepsychdoctormd on Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest) is a board-certified psychiatrist who has ADHD. She not only maintains her social media presence that chronicles her experiences but has also written a self-care book for people with ADHD.
Imani Barbarin (@crutches_and_spice on TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter) was born with cerebral palsy. She uses a podcast, speaking engagements, and her social media platforms to begin conversations that engage the disability community.
Adrianne Haslet (@adriannehaslet on Twitter and Instagram) is a Boston Marathon survivor and amputee, losing her leg in the 2013 attack. She advocates for amputees and shares the awesome adventures that she continues to experience.
Molly Burke (@mollyburkeofficial on YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook) describes herself as “an author and advocate who just happens to be blind.” Her content focuses on navigating the world without sight and ways that others can make the world more accessible to people with visual disabilities.
Jenni (@chronicallyjenni on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube) shares tips and tricks for living with invisible chronic illness. Jenni has Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and Ehlers Danos Syndrome (EDS).