Julia Ebner and Jacob Davey

How Women Advance the Internationalization of the Far-Right

GW Program on Extremism, Perspectives on the Future of Women, Gender & Violent Extremism


The past two decades have seen a sharp increase in the number of female supporters of far-right movements and the creation of many female-centered groups. In 1999, the Southern Poverty Law Center concluded that the Internet gave rise to a number of newly emerging female-led white supremacist websites, as sympathizing women were carving out their own niches in the digital space. The age of social media, viral selfies, and online guerilla marketing has further accelerated this dynamic and made women a key asset in the branding and outreach strategies of extremist movements.