The Feminism of Whitney Wolfe

Meet the Tinder Co-Founder Trying to Change Online Dating Forever

Whitney Wolfe is one of the co-founders of the dating site, Tinder. After she left the company in 2014, she sued it for sexual harassment. As proof of her allegations, she published a text conversation between herself and co-founder Justin Mateen. They eventually settled the lawsuit out of court and Mateen resigned from the company. As for Wolfe, she has since 2015 worked for Bumble, a feminist online dating site. Although Bumble is very similar to Tinder, the feminist emphasis means that only women can initiate conversations.Whitney Wolfe started Bumble in 2015. It quickly picked up in popularity, having over 500,000 users in less than a year.

This makes sense considering that the app for this top rate dating site is free. Wolfe says her main inspiration for starting Bumble was a growing desire to start a dating site geared toward anti-bullying. At first, to this end she was going to start an app called Merci where young girls could post photos and have conversations in a carefully moderated environment that strongly defended against any kind of bullying.But then her current colleague persuaded her to continue on a line with what she was familiar: The world of online dating. And so her adventure with Bumble commenced.


Whitney Wolfe is the current founder and CEO of Bumble, an online feminist dating site. Wolfe was inspired to found her company after becoming very convinced that the dating world needed to give more power to the woman. Prior to founding and heading Bumble, Wolfe co-founded and helped lead the online dating site, Tinder. In fact, it was her a bad experience at Tinder which began her thinking of female empowerment. It was here that she experienced a sexual harassment situation at the hands of her co-founding partner.She sued Tinder and left to start Bumble. She won and left to start Bumble. But months later Tinder struck back by suing Bumble for copyright infringement. They also accused Tinder of stealing some of their confidential information and using this information to detract prospective investors from their company. She shared her experiences and thoughts at Vanity Fair’s Founders Fair.