THE 14TH ANNUAL SHORTY AWARDS

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media and digital. View this season's finalists!

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From the 8th Annual Shorty Awards Best in Activism

These people stand up for what they believe in, cause a movement, or live up to Gandhi's words, "be the change you want to see in the world". Whether they use Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or other social means to help generate awareness of their cause, start a revolution, or inspire others to do the same, they might just win this Shorty.

Brand entries using of social media in this space can be found in Best Social Good Campaign Shorty Award.

Nominees

finalist
Brandon Stanton
Brandon Stanton is photographer and creator of the immensely popular Humans of New York Facebook pa…
Clint Smith
Written following the death of Tamir Rice after his pellet gun was mistaken for a weapon, Clint Smi…
Cornel West
Philosopher, activist, author, and socialist, Cornel West has been on the front lines of social upr…
finalist
Emma Watson
It only took twelve hours after actress Emma Watson’s speech launching the equal rights solidarity …
Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem rose to prominence in the Second Wave of feminism and continues to evolve and stay o…
winner
Janet Mock
Author, public speaker, and longtime editor for People.com, Janet Mock came out as trans in a Marie…
finalist
Jesse Williams
After years of teaching high school African studies classes in Philadelphia (and, of course, acting…
Jim Obergefell
After a 20-year relationship, Jim Obergefell and his husband John married in 2013 when the Supreme …
finalist
Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, after standing up for her…
finalist
Mark Ruffalo
An activism triple threat, Mark Ruffalo tackled fracking, male breast cancer, and the Catholic Chur…
Patricia Arquette
When actress Patricia Arquette skipped the usual agent and Academy thank-yous in her Oscar speech i…
Seth Berkley
In 2015, there was an 85 percent decrease in polio cases in Pakistan, and Seth Berkley, CEO of the …