Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That’s their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.” Gloria Steinem

"Odysseus and the Sirens, " Waterhouse

“Odysseus and the Sirens, ” Waterhouse

To be treated as full writers (and not just women writers), we need our sisterhood, and that’s why The Gloria Sirens are here.

A play on the name “Gloria Steinem,” The Gloria Sirens is a communal blog that galvanizes women wordsmiths in person, in print, online, and across all time and space. This is our virtual auditorium where we and other literary women can promote, inform, and strengthen the voices that move us. Banded together we take artistic chances without fear of silencing and embolden each other to sing our riskiest songs.

Not sure there’s a problem? For six years VIDA has tallied the rate of publication between women and men in the world’s most respected literary outlets. VIDA has expanded to include race, sexual orientation, disability, age, education counts as well. Some of the most influential literary magazines still showcase fewer than thirty percent of work by women. (Listen to us discuss the blog on Life Improvement Radio.)

We believe

  • writing is an act of courage;
  • all stories are worth telling (especially women’s stories);
  • as an artist you deserve to be paid for your work;
  • as women you deserve equal representation in the arts;
  • as our readers you deserve support, acceptance, community, and encouragement;
  • when we create a safe and supportive space together, we cultivate courage, dignity, and innovation.

We hope that we touch and amuse you, but most of all empower you. We hope that whatever you hear us doing here, you think to yourself, “Aw heck, I can do that,” and then you go do it, or the artistic equivalent, somewhere, somehow.

Let’s get heard.

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” Gloria Steinem

Leap Out of the Deep and Sing


20 replies »

  1. I’m glad you asked! The glib answer is that you already are a siren. Yay! The short answer is you can’t. At least not yet. And the honest answer is I don’t know. Enough people have asked that I worked it into today’s post. As you’ll see, we plan to address the matter this weekend. It means a lot to us that you want to be part of it, and we’ll do our best to find a way to make that happen.


  2. Hi,

    Thanks for the outstanding posts.
    I liked reading them.

    I am running the I.A.C – Inscribink Authors’ Circle. We are a developing website with 10K+ followers on Facebook.

    Would you be interested in sharing one of your articles on our website ?

    Or, would you be interested in being one of the writers on our ever developing website project?

    Thanks for considering. Let me know if you have any questions.


    Hawk G.
    Editor, Inscribink



  3. I loved the commitment of you people. My team is kinda like yours and I am still searching for some committed friends who can join hands with me. I love your blog and the articles are too interesting and important.


  4. Have you considered that the numbers might not tell the whole story? Maybe women naturally gravitate towards specific genres leaving others denude of the feminine presence? If the numbers are more generic, female writers versus men across the entire spectrum, then I agree it is troubling but what is the value of breaking it down more specifically than that? And before anyone jumps to call me anti-woman or anything, I write my as-yet-unpublished science fiction with my wife as the co-writer. I love hearing all sorts of voices on subjects.


  5. Great main pic on this page and I like the way you cropped it. Or was that you? Was that the format it came in? Either way, full marks for choosing the illustration of the unclothed gentlewomen. I enjoy the creative package ‘The Gloria Sirens’. In particular I love the line: ‘LEAP OUT OF THE DEEP AND SING’.


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