With over 30 colleges in the area, Boston is certainly a college town. And with that comes thousands of motivated, well-educated young people. These 3 young ladies in particular are especially motivated. Not only are they killing the blog game, but they are also using their platforms for good. Here are 3 Boston bloggers that can teach us all a thing or two about getting involved in social justice and social progress.
#1 Nishat Nguyen (@nishatnguyen)
A lifestyle blogger that loves to share her obsession with donuts and flowers on her warm and cozy feed, Nishat is also an advocate for young women and girls. She recently released her first e-book, “Instagram Growth & Sponsorships”, and as part of the book launch she used her platform to urge followers to donate to the Mala Fund, so that girls all over the world could have the same access to educational opportunities that we are so fortunate to have in America.
There are so many opportunities for young women in Boston to get involved in making the world better for women and girls. From events like the Women’s March to women-run networking groups, there are so many ways we can all strive to make the world a better place. One organization students in the area should check out is the Junior League, which is an “ organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.”
#2 Gabby Mbeki (@gabbymbeki)
Gabby is a fashion blogger that fills our feeds with not only her chic looks, but also her voice of optimism for ending social injustices. She’s not afraid to speak up in her IG stories about the lack of diversity in the fashion world, all the while sharing with us stylish looks that we all are coveting!
The fashion world knows that it has a diversity problem. However, brands are still falling into the same old partners by leaving women of color and people with disabilities out of their big campaigns. However, one organization that is looking at clothing from an entirely new perspective is the MIT Open Style Lab. Specifically, they are tackling the issue of making clothing for people with disabilities. They are really a forerunner in creating “inclusive clothing.”
#3 Brenda Nguyen (@wanderingbostoneater)
Food bloggers can be activists too! Brenda of @wanderingbostoneater’s feed is nothing but mouth-watering dishes from all around town. With everything from donuts to lobster, the feed is pure #foodporn. However, she is also not afraid to call out cultural appropriation when she spots it in the Boston food scene. Speaking up and letting people know that what they are doing is offensive to certain cultures is important for change to happen and Brenda is a great example of speaking up and letting the world know what’s right.
They say when you see something you should say something. And social media is a great place to practice this belief. Calling out instances of cultural appropriation in the food world is an effective way of educating people on the heritage of culturally important dishes.
All in all, Boston is a very progressive place to be and there are so many opportunities to get involved, all you have to do is look!
J.Q. Louise is a lifestyle writer and photographer based in Boston. She has her first book coming out this summer called, “Boston Food Crawls.” And for more of her work, head over to her blog.