Alysia, 24
Writer
California

 

I'm made of 11 different ethnicities. Eleven. So so so many things had to come together, had to be allowed to come together, to create me. In this election, there's a very real possibility that someone could win whose primary platform is keeping people apart. 

The rise of hateful language toward people like me has skyrocketed. This election has really given a platform for hateful voices and opinions, which I actually think is a good thing. We need to be able to talk about, to see these opinions if we're going to address them, engage in a dialogue with them. 

For those who are wondering how to "be an ally," for those wondering how to "be a part of the solution", and "find a voice" and "help out,” this election is the platform for them to help make a difference.

 

Sexism is still a very real problem, but because previous waves of feminism had tangible, binary goals to work toward — having the right to vote vs. not having the right to vote — while this third wave has less visible, binary inequalities to fight against — microaggressions, patterns of toxic masculinity, et cetera—it's more difficult to bring awareness to inequality. 

I voted for Bernie Sanders in the primaries, because he more closely aligned with my personal beliefs. But after the primaries, I was committed to Hillary. She is the most qualified candidate for president we've ever had.