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Women are changing their Twitter handles to 'Dr' if they have a PhD to make a point that if they've achieved something, they should be able to be proud of it.
Too often women are socially conditioned to be nice, acceptable, and not to ruffle any feathers in order to please men.
However, now the female Twitterati are fighting back, with the simple tool of adding 'Dr' to their Twitter names if they have gained a Phd.
The whole thing was started by Dr Fern Riddle, who tweeted:
My title is Dr Fern Riddell, not Ms or Miss Riddell.I have it because I am an expert, and my life and career consist of being that expert in as many different ways as possible.I worked hard to earned my authority, and I will not give it up to anyone.
My title is Dr Fern Riddell, not Ms or Miss Riddell.
I have it because I am an expert, and my life and career consist of being that expert in as many different ways as possible.
I worked hard to earned my authority, and I will not give it up to anyone.
My title is Dr Fern Riddell, not Ms or Miss Riddell. I have it because I am an expert, and my life and career consi… https://t.co/oCb2xWQ9qa — Dr Fern Riddell (@Dr Fern Riddell)
Since her tweet, others women have taken her lead, and the hashtag #ImmodestWomen has been gaining traction, with women sharing their achievements with pride.
This has been sparking across twitter the past few days, so I’ve added my title in solidarity. I’ll decide later wh… https://t.co/el7BP5KhJB — Dr Tiffani Angus (@Dr Tiffani Angus)
Big Twitter conversation at the moment about the use of academic titles by females. I’ve always used mine on here s… https://t.co/U3MjmRP1vW — Dr Laura-Jane Foley (@Dr Laura-Jane Foley)
I'll stop using my title in public when men stop raising their eyebrows or making a patronising little 'ooo' sound… https://t.co/tFtySJE1g9 — Samantha Walton (@Samantha Walton)
Happy to join the ranks of #immodestwomen with doctorates - thanks to @FernRiddell for leading the charge. (And her… https://t.co/PlU6hQOUWd — Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper (@Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper)
Have changed my twitter handle to reflect my title. Because it wasn't that long ago that I was told I couldn't use… https://t.co/RYuulT0LPo — Dr Pippa Goldschmidt (@Dr Pippa Goldschmidt)
Yesterday I encountered MULTIPLE men telling women they couldn't call themselves 'experts'. Perhaps because the… https://t.co/WtQdaPzRUU — Dr Kate Wiles (@Dr Kate Wiles)
@katemond Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are working through our unrevised entries to update issu… https://t.co/y8IGYobJfm — The OED (@The OED)
EEEER @katemond GOT THE DICTIONARY TO CHANGE THANKS TO #ImmodestWomen HOLY SHIT https://t.co/oiRnA3VbyT — Dr Fern Riddell (@Dr Fern Riddell)
UPDATE: we can all be experts now. #ImmodestWomen https://t.co/0Nie9zbTHG — Dr Kate Wiles (@Dr Kate Wiles)
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