What is Digital Sisterhood?
According to BlogHer’s 2011 Social Media Matters Study, 87 million women (18 to 76 years old) are now online. Sixty-nine million women use social media weekly. Eighty million women use social media monthly. Fifty-five million women read blogs monthly. Now that’s digital sisterhood!
Digital sisterhood is the feminine currency women use to create relationship wealth through the connections they make, conversations they have, communities they build, causes they support, collaborative partnerships they establish, and commerce they engage in with women they meet online and offline. The relationship wealth of digital sisterhood is based on what women care about and their shared interests and experiences. This wealth supports women as they stand in their own power and reclaim themselves online and offline. When they do so, they move with a power not seen before. It is rooted in women being fully,
P – Present when they
O – Own their lives as
W – Women who believe they have
E – Everything they need to live out their
R – Revolution of authenticity.
May all women know their investment in themselves and each other will yield a high return!
(Excerpt from Digital Sisterhood by Ananda Leeke. Copyright 2013 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All Rights Reserved.)
Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is a media channel that celebrates women in social media and tech through leadership, lifestyle, and living well initiatives. DSN hosts #DigitalSisterhood Wednesdays, a weekly celebration held on Twitter and Facebook that encourages women to celebrate their connections, have conversations, share information, network and build their peer communities, promote and support causes they care about, and engage in commerce with each other. Visit @Digitalsisterhd on Twitter and Facebook to follow the conversations on #Digitalsisterhood Wednesdays.
Digital Sisterhood Month (#DSMonth) is an annual celebration held in December that honors the conversations, connections, communities, causes, and commerce that social media women engage in with each other. Online and offline events are held. Click here to learn about #DSMonth 2011. Click here for information about #DSMonth 2010.
#DigitalSisterhood Wednesdays and Digital Sisterhood Month were launched in 2010.
About Digital Sisterhood Network Founder
Yoga + Creativity + Internet Geek = Ananda Leeke. Leeke is a lawyer turned “Jill of many trades”: innerpreneur, author, artist, coach, and yoga teacher. She is also a social media influencer and the founder of the Digital Sisterhood Network, #DigitalSisterhood Wednesdays on Twitter, Digital Sisterhood Radio, and Digital Sisterhood Month, an annual celebration for social media women in December. Her mission is “Empowering U2BU through creativity coaching, Reiki, self-care, social media, volunteerism, and yoga.”
She serves as a Blogger Ambassador for the Heart of Haiti Campaign, a partnership between Macy’s, Fairwinds Trading, and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund that was created to provide sustainable income to Haitian artisans impacted by the 2010 earthquake. In February 2011, she traveled to Haiti as a Heart of Haiti Blogger Ambassador. Black Enterprise named her as one of the Black Women in Tech You Should Follow on Twitter in July 2011.
Leeke has served as a moderator, panelist, speaker, workshop facilitator, and/or yoga teacher for the Blogalicious Weekend Conference and DC Meet Ups, Blogging While Brown, BlogHer, Capital BookFest, DC Digital Capital Week, Feminist Majority, Holy Cross Hospital, Howard University, Ignite DC, Latinos in Social Media, Metropolitan Baptist Church, She’s Geeky, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Spelman College, Social Justice Camp II, Society for the Arts and Healthcare, Vision Quest Retreats, Washington Hospital Center, Washington National Cathedral’s Sacred Circles Conferences, WOMANIFESTING, Women in Film & Television Atlanta, and YWCA.
She penned That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (2009) and Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One, a novel (2007). Her poetry appeared in Beyond the Frontier: African American Poetry for the 21st Century (2002). Her six-word memoir was published in It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure (2010). She is currently writing Digital Sisterhood (2013), a memoir.
Since 1995, her mixed media collages, wire sculptures, and paintings have been exhibited in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, New York City, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Her artwork was featured in Heart and Soul in 2001 and often reflects her passion for issues affecting people of color and women. In 2002, she created and donated Our Womanist Spirit and I am my sista’s keeper wire sculpture collections to The Women’s Collective, an HIV/AIDS direct services organization. She has worked as an artist-in-residence for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts at Howard University Hospital (2003-2009), and is currently serving wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Leeke is a graduate of Morgan State University (B.A. in French, 1986), Howard University School of Law (J.D., 1989), and Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation, 1991). Her memberships include the National League of American Pen Women, Yoga Alliance, Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington’s Business Volunteer Program, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., All Souls Unitarian Church, and Insight Meditation Community of Washington’s People of Color Sangha. She lives in Washington, D.C.
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