Day #3 of the Digital Sisterhood Book 11 Day Countdown Campaign: DS Wisdom of Diverse Women

It’s Day #3 of the Digital Sisterhood Book 11 Day Countdown Campaign. Today’s blog post shares the meaning of digital sisterhood as seen through the eyes of various digital sisters who have inspired and influenced author Ananda Leeke.

Early on in her writing process, Ananda realized that her book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online, was deeply rooted in the community of women she has come to know via the world wide web. That’s why she made sure to share digital sisterhood wisdom from a diverse group of women in the first pages of the book. Check out the diverse women’s wisdom below.

Photo Credit: Jacqui Chew

Photo Credit: Jacqui Chew

“Digital sisterhood is a state of mind. It is about empowerment and respecting diversity.” Jacqui Chew, founder of iFusion Marketing

Photo Credit: Ebony Utley

Photo Credit: Ebony Utley

“Digital sisterhood means that women feel like they have a safe space to say what they want to say.” Ebony Utley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Long Beach, author, Ms. blogger, and 2012 Digital Sister of the Year

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“Digital sisterhood allows us to connect with each other outside of our comfort zone.” Danica Kombol, founder of Beirut or Bust: Curious Travel Adventures and Random Thoughts blog, co-founder and managing partner of Everywhere, and 2012 Digital Sister of the Year

Photo Credit: Stacey Milbern

Photo Credit: Stacey Milbern

“Digital sisterhood is all I had. When I was blogging, I was writing to my sisters.” Stacey Milbern, founder of Crip Chick blog and 2011 Digital Sister of the Year

Photo Credit: Monica Coleman

Photo Credit: Monica Coleman

“Digital sisterhood is the kind of sisterhood that can be created without knowing somebody in person, but knowing them through media.  It is the sharing about sisterhood, and the creation and connection of sisterhood in digital media.” Reverend Monica A. Coleman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions at Claremont School of Theology, author, founder of Beautiful Mind blog, and 2012 Digital Sister of the Year

Photo Credit: Willa Shalit

Photo Credit: Willa Shalit

“Digital sisterhood is females who are connected through energy rather than blood. And you know energy passes much greater distances and is much lighter, and much more powerful.” Willa Shalit, artist, author, founder of Fairwinds Trading, co-founder of Maiden Nation, and 2012 Digital Sister of the Year

Photo Credit: Julie Diaz Asper

Photo Credit: Julie Diaz Asper

“Digital sisterhood for a lot of folks is the first time that they can find new tribes locally. Digital sisterhood is taking sisterhood and magnifying it because now you can go and find all types of people who have similar interests, and build communities offline.” Julie Diaz-Asper, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of GigGoin and Social Lens Research, and 2012 Digital Sister of the Year

Photo Credit: Karon Jolna

Photo Credit: Karon Jolna

“Digital sisterhood is a movement and it is an extension of the movements that came before it.”  Karon Jolna, Ph.D., Research Scholar at the University of California at Los Angeles’ Center for the Study of Women, and Program Director for Ms. in the Classroom


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If you are in Washington, D.C. on October 19, please plan to attend Ananda’s author talk and book reading from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U Street, NW (three blocks from the U Street/Cardozo Green Line Metro Station). Click here to register for the event. See you on October 19th!

Congratulations to the 2011 Digital Sisters of the Year Stacey Milbern and Mia Mingus!

Join Digital Sisterhood Network in honoring the 2011 Digital Sisters of the Year Stacey Milbern and Mia Mingus!  Stacey and Mia are digital sister warrior women who willingly practice the art of surrender and truth telling as they:

Their beautiful spirits, stories, and life work touch the core of humanity’s heart.  They remind us how powerful women are when they connect and cultivate friendships, engage in conversations, build community, establish collaborative partnerships, and support social justice causes based on shared interests. To learn more about Stacey and Mia, see the information and videos below.

More About Stacey and Mia:

Stacey and  Mia are queer disabled diasporic Korean women of color who recently moved from the South to the San Francisco Bay area to create home and community with each other.  They launched their To The Other Side of Dreaming blog as an-going experiential project that documents their journey to create collective access and home through letters and videos.

Stacey was born and raised in North Carolina.  She is a poet, writer, disabled justice activist and organizer, and former President of the Disabled Young People’s Collective.   She is currently working as the Community Outreach Director for the National Youth Leadership Network.  Digital Sisterhood Radio interviewed her on May 18. Click here to listen to the interview (31  minutes).  Be sure to read Stacey’s amazing Cripchick blog. Follow her on Twitter @cripchick.  Watch the video below to learn more about Stacey’s activism.

Mia was raised in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and spent 12 years in Atlanta, Georgia.  She is a writer, disabled justice activist and organizer, and community caretaker.  She currently works as the Program Director of Generation FIVE.   Click here to read Mia’s fabulous Leaving Evidence blog.  Follow her on Twitter @MiaMingus.  Watch the videos below to learn more about her activism.

Who was the first feminist in your life? Are you a feminist? What do you think about feminism online?

Today,  I read Barbara Hannah Grufferman’s article “Feminism: A Moral Compass for Change?” on the Huffington Post’s web site and made note of several inspiring statements.  See below.

  • “Singer Annie Lennox, in an interview with Marianne, shared her views: I get very frustrated when I hear women saying, ‘Oh, feminism is passé,’ because feminism means empowerment. We need feminism. It’s not against men; it’s about the empowerment of all.”
  • “To embrace feminism is to embrace this fundamental truth: every human being has rights.”
  • “But, to be a brave feminist, you must ignore the noise, speak up, use your voice and be true to your own convictions.”
  • “Playwright Eve Ensler offers this advice: Give voice to what you know to be true, and do not be afraid of being disliked or exiled. I think that’s the hard work of standing up for what you see.”

The article also made me think about the first feminist in my life.

Who was the first feminist in your life?

My mother Theresa was the first feminist in my life. She taught me:

1) I have a voice and a vote to make myself known and heard,

2) My feelings, thoughts, and opinions matter,

3) I can be anything I want to be in the universe,

4) Girls and boys are equal, and

5) Women and men are equal.

Are you a feminist?

I am.  I call myself a third wave global feminist who was born from the womb of a self-made feminist who created space for me to define my life on my terms.  My favorite feminist book is Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks.

In the late 70s, 80s, and 90s, I baptized myself in the words  of women who looked like me: Alice Walker, Marcia Ann Gillespie, Susan Taylor, bell hooks, Toni Cade Bambara, all of the women authors who contributed to the book The Black Woman, Julia Boyd, Beverly Guy-Shefall, Tricia Rose, Renita Weems, Joan Morgan, and Rebecca Walker. I added the word global to my personal definition of feminist after I attended the United Nations Fourth World Conference for Women in Beijing, China in 1995.

How do you self-identify as a feminist in 2010?

In 2010, I self-identify as a third wave global feminist who lives a feminist chic life online and offline.

Do you read about feminism online? If yes, what are some of your favorite sites and  Facebook pages? What feminists do you follow on Twitter?

I am a self-proclaimed Internet geek who adores information.  With that said, you should know that I do read about feminism online. My favorite sites include (this is a very short list):

Some of my favorite feminist people on Twitter include (this is another short list):

  • @veronicaeye
  • @digitalsista
  • @fem2pt0
  • @feministteacher
  • @divafeminist
  • @lizhenry
  • @cripchick
  • @alizasherman
  • @newblackman
  • @glopan
  • @quirkyblackgirl
  • @drgoddess
  • @forharriet
  • @feministing

What do you think about feminism online?

I have a lot of thoughts about feminism online that I plan to share with a panel of eight amazing women on the December 16th episode of Digital Sisterhood Radio at 9:00 pm EST on The panel includes:

1. Shireen Mitchell “the original Digital Sista”, Speaker, trainer, and thought igniter in media, tech, and politics;

2. Stacey Milbern, Disability justice organizer, poet, and radical woman of color feminist blogger;

3. Veronica Arreola, Professional feminist, mom, writer, speaker, PhD student, and blogger;

4. Liz Henry, BlogHer web developer, geek feminist/sci-fi blogger, speaker, poet, and literary translator;

5. Mimi Schippers, Tulane University professor, blogger, and author of Rockin’ Out of the Box: Gender Maneuvering in Alternative Hard Rock;

6. Treva Lindsey, University of Missouri-Columbia professor and blogger;

7. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Feminist blogger; and

8. Brandann Ouyang Dan, Feminist blogger, invisibly disabled, U.S. Navy Veteran, social justice activist, and contributing writer for


I hope you will join the discussion. Click here to listen to the show on  There is a chat room for the radio show too. We will also use Tweetchat and the hashtag #digitalsisterhood for live tweeting and monitoring questions and comments from the Twitterverse.