Welcome to FemTube! 

FemTube focuses on empowerment and community for creators who are often underrepresented within YouTube and media as a whole. 

For years now, we’ve been sitting in circles and rows, in parks, small conference rooms, mainstages, ballrooms, and—most treasured of all—the infinite space of the Internet to talk about women’s experiences online, what we can do to support one another, and where we need to do more to make it possible for women to thrive and take full command of their voices. These valuable hours are a kind of State of the Union to me. Where are we? How has this week been, this month been, this year been for women online? What problems do we need to solve and where have we seen real progress and solutions?

But above all, these gatherings, whether online or offline are permission. They are permission to share your experiences, to talk openly and honestly about how you feel when you make something or watch something, to not have to push against someone invalidating that experience, and to have people around you who say “me too” or “I have an idea about how we could help”. I’ve been emboldened by the growing number of individuals and small groups that have taken it into their own hands to keep the conversation going in the void between conferences, in modes that are accessible to more and more people, and with an impressive scope that demonstrates how essential it is to raise the voices of others and how tremendously we all benefit from including as many people as we can in the broader discussion about women online, and making it easy for those voices to be included. I am so excited to see the FemTube website up and running and grateful to those who take every discussion as a catalyst for the improvement and celebration of everyone’s experience and creation online.
— Rosianna Halse Rojas | Writer, Vlogger, and Champion of the Women on YouTube movement
Art created by Katie Scarlett [Image description: FemTube in pink capital letters with a pink and purple tv set below. On the screen is a heart made of fingerprints and the female biological sign] 

Art created by Katie Scarlett
[Image description: FemTube in pink capital letters with a pink and purple tv set below. On the screen is a heart made of fingerprints and the female biological sign] 

FemTube began out of the Women on YouTube Creator Workshop at VidCon 2015 when brainstorming activities for how to create activism throughout the year. The idea was discussed that there should be a day dedicated to only watching female videos on YouTube every month, and after VidCon, Akilah Hughes coined the name, FemTube. Thus, in August of 2015, on the first Monday of that month, FemTube began. That whole day, everyone took to the hashtag and posted links of videos they were watching, boosting creators and spreading the love.

I have the tradition that on the first Monday at 8:00 am Pacific, I begin livetweeting from the FemTube playlist I curate of videos from the month before and take to social media platforms with the tag, encouraging others to participate. Since this August will be the one-year anniversary and the #FemTube movement has spread so that there was a meetup at this year's VidCon and much love, we have expanded the movement and taken on task forces to bring in a larger community aspect. 

The mission statement of FemTube from the get-go has always been about welcoming in everyone who feels underrepresented else, and wants a safe space to discuss their creative work. With this website, we can only continue to grow. This is only the beginning! 

-Alexandria Taylor, FemTube Host

[Image description: "How to Participate" on an electric purple background. Below are three items: 1. #FemTube and #FemTubeChat, 2. Comment on videos, and 3. Add content to the site]

[Image description: "How to Participate" on an electric purple background. Below are three items: 1. #FemTube and #FemTubeChat, 2. Comment on videos, and 3. Add content to the site]

How can you participate? 

  • On the first Monday of every month, take to the #FemTube tag and share a female content creator you are enjoying as of late!
  • Participate in the bi-monthly #FemTubeChat hosted by Rowan Ellis! 
  • Comment on videos!
  • Look through the #FemTube tag and watch and/or retweet videos you find interesting!
  • Add your personal content to the site!