On 8 March 2012, International Women’s Day, British novelist Linda Grant used her Twitter account to discuss the continuing necessity of feminism.
She received a great many responses from women describing experiences of casual and institutional sexism dating from the 1970s to the present. The tweets made a forceful and eloquent case for the continuing necessity of feminist politics and activism.
Since Twitter is an instantaneous and ephemeral medium, this site was created to serve as a permanent repository for the International Women’s Day tweets.
Posting and Commenting
Unfortunately, it is not possible to add new posts or comments to this site, but you are encouraged to share similar experiences or responses on Twitter, using the hashtag #1000reasons.
Notes on the Archiving Process
Since recovering large numbers of past tweets can be technically challenging, and is subject to certain limitations, a number of approaches were used to capture and retrieve the posts preserved here, from which we attempted to arrive at the widest and most representative sample we could.
Retweeting is common on Twitter, especially of tweets to which people react strongly. Retweeting resulted in a significant degree of duplication, which we have tried to eliminate wherever possible. However, in bringing the site on line as quickly as we could, we may have overlooked some duplication.
We have also exercised some degree of editorial control, removing tweets that were offensive, libellous or irrelevant.
Because of extensive retweeting, the original authorship of individual tweets is not always immediately obvious. Many tweets are attributed to the person who retweeted them. However, the Twitter user name of the original author will appear in these cases in the body of the tweet.