By: Julia Knaggs
Every March, Women’s History Month gives us an opportunity to reflect on the contributions women have made to our history and culture. It allows us to uplift the next generation of women and girls while recognizing history in the making. As a relatively new social media platform, TikTok is one place women are blazing new trails. Here are nine TikTok creators who are using their platform in exciting and meaningful ways.
Nicknamed “America’s Mom”, Tabitha went viral for sharing positivity, encouragement, and affirmations to her audience—which has now reached 5 million followers and counting. She’s also known for sharing vegan recipes and even launched her own limited edition collection of meatless alternatives and cookware at Target this January.
Driven by the idea that building wealth is a form of protest for women, Tori built a platform of over 2 million followers by sharing tips, tricks, and resources for women to achieve financial independence. Her debut book Financial Feminist made it on the New York Times Bestseller list, and her podcast of the same name drops new episodes every week.
Robyn—known to her over 600,000 TikTok followers as Girl Boss Town or GBT—explains social trends, provides marketing advice to both celebrities and brands, and makes predictions about celebrities' next PR moves (with a scary amount of accuracy). She also made the 2023 Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Marketing & Advertising.
Dylan began documenting her transition through her “Days of Girlhood” series on TikTok, later amassing over 10 million followers and winning the 2022 TikTok Trailblazer Award. She continually shines a spotlight on other trans creators and advocates for the LGBTQ+ community, even visiting the White House to speak with President Biden about trans rights.
Emily has an impressive resume: she received her masters degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as Technology and Policy from MIT, and she worked for NASA before becoming a science communicator. Today, she educates her 1 million TikTok followers about all things space and encourages women and girls to pursue STEM careers.
Alexis, who also goes by the name the Black Forager, brings awareness to the systems that have prevented people of color from foraging and being a part of the wild food space. She also educates her audience of 4 million followers about various resources found in nature and their uses, landing her a segment on Jimmy Kimmel earlier this year.
When a sitting congressman attempted to criticize her looks, Olivia responded by raising over $2 million for reproductive rights through the help of TikTok and building an audience of over 600,000 followers. She also encourages other members of Gen Z to be politically engaged while serving as Director of Politics & Government Affairs for Gen-Z for Change.
Norah’s own experience with a disability inspires her work making pilates and wellness accessible for all body types and levels of ability. The content she creates for her over 1 million TikTok followers also centers around mental health, spreading positivity, and correcting common mistakes people make while exercising to avoid damage or pain.
Arielle—better known to her 1 million followers as Mrs. Frazzled—went viral for her relatable teacher content, but she also advocates for teachers and gives them a platform to share their frustrations. In a recent New York Times article, she called out the Carter Agency for taking advantage of TikTok creators and warned other influencers against predatory deals.
Approximately 54% of TikTok users are female. From creating content in traditionally male-dominated spaces to shining a spotlight on the needs of marginalized communities, these TikTok creators have the potential to empower millions of women and girls looking to make their own change across industries, fields of study, and communities.