Feminism

Writing For ‘The Sirens Rise’ Gives Me Hope

The Sirens Rise, opinion piece

Being a writer can be amazing and frustrating — although the former outweighs the latter. It’s made even more amazing when you have a team of writers to share ideas with, rant to, and bond with during late-night Skype sessions.

I’ve always been surrounded by strong, ambitious women. I was raised by them, and since my college years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with them as well.

Throughout my short 23 years of life, I’ve come to appreciate and love the fact that I’m a woman. We can do such awesome things. We’re constantly underestimated — even in 2017 — but that should not and cannot stop us from achieving greatness.

We’ve come to a disheartening moment in American politics. Whether or not his rhetoric on the campaign trail was true to his heart, Donald Trump built his platform to become the President on bullying, prejudice, and a minefield of negativity.

Now, more than ever, we need voices. We need opinionated, articulate writers. We may be faced with some real-life WTF moments over the next four years, and that’s why I felt compelled to join The Sirens Rise.

In the hours after election night, I needed some comfort. Some hope. My fellow Sirens agreed, and it lit a fire under us.

I’m a young, black immigrant woman in the United States during a time where supporters of the current President have become bolder in expressing their prejudices in the weeks since his election. I, like many other people in this country, need a sanctuary for the next four years and beyond.

There’s no better sanctuary than one where I can express my opinion, work with and be inspired by other women, and hopefully spread some light to you, the reader.

The Sirens Rise is about celebrating women and our capacity for greatness. We are many, we are diverse, and we are strong. Let’s do this together.

Bradleigh is a co-founder and content curator for The Sirens Rise with a BA in Media Studies. Her favorite things to do are listen to music, get lost in a book, write for hours, and eat way more chocolate than one human being ever should.

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