Essence magazine recently released its may issue cover revealing its list of 100 woke women. The issue sparked the start of the #Woke100 hashtag trending on Twitter. The hashtag was widely used by Twitter users, exemplifying mixed reviews and encouraged a since of community surrounding this groundbreaking issue.
— Cori Murray (@corimurray) April 16, 2017
— Douglas Strout (@tcudoug) April 18, 2017
While some celebrated Essence for being nuanced, insightful and a wealth of black girl magic, others called attention to the issue’s downfalls. From controversial mentions to names of women that readers thought should be included, the #Woke100 helped to bring to the surface all of the feelings and opinions that the Essence cover evoked.
— Elizabeth DeHoff (@ElizabethDeHoff) April 18, 2017
— Malikah A. Shabazz (@malikah313BK) April 17, 2017
— DHunter (@Reendoor) April 18, 2017
Though competing views were expressed and some of the woke listers may be considered to be controversial, #Woke100 was able to create a conversation as well as highlight women that are truly making a difference and greatly influencing society. For that, Essence and this hashtag should be celebrated. (Maybe next time they’ll include a poll.)
— Her Agenda (@HerAgenda) April 18, 2017