EMILY SIOMA: INSPIRING WOMEN. IMPACTING THE WORLD.
Eight seconds. Eight seconds is about all the time a Miss America contestant is given to introduce herself to thousands of people. To share her personal accomplishments and show the world who she truly is. But instead of letting people know where she went to school or what her favorite hobby is, Miss Michigan and Alpha Gam Emily Sioma, Alpha Beta–University of Michigan, called out the Flint Water Crisis.
Since 2014, Flint—the seventh largest city in Michigan—has suffered from contaminated tap water. Thousands of residents have been affected by lead contamination and an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. In her introduction, Sioma reminded everyone that the crisis isn’t over.
“From the state with 84 percent of the U.S.’s fresh water but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma.”
A bold statement that won over the audience and went viral over social media, Sioma’s use of her platform not only advocated for her state, but also represented Alpha Gamma Delta’s Purpose. People have taken notice.
#MissMichigan for the win! ✊ https://t.co/HgKRMWu6JB
— Mamie Parris (@MamieParris) September 10, 2018
Proud of #MissMichigan for using her moment on national television to bring attention to the water disparities in Michigan. #MissAmerica women make a difference.
Flint still needs clean water.
— Alexandra Curtis (@AllieCurtisRI) September 10, 2018
#MissMichigan figuratively dropped the mic. 🙌🏽
— Sarah Gutierrez (@sarsgutz) September 10, 2018
Thank you Emily @MissAmericaMI! Let’s work together to ensure every Michigander has access to clean air and water. #MissMichigan https://t.co/1c2kY5afDk
— Rep. Debbie Dingell (@RepDebDingell) September 10, 2018
"From the state with 84% of the U.S. freshwater but none for its residents to drink, I am @MissAmericaMI Emily Sioma.” https://t.co/mnCNwkd1SX
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) September 10, 2018
Her courage inspired viewers across the world and sisters across North America applauded her and stated they couldn’t be prouder to be an Alpha Gam.
Alpha Gam changing the world https://t.co/EGbHmQgFvA
— Annemarie Darr (@CEODarr) September 11, 2018
So proud of our alpha gam sister !! ❤️ https://t.co/qrPzGd8kCp
— Lauren (@lauren_alexis94) September 11, 2018
So proud of our incredible fellow Alpha Gam ❤️💚💛 https://t.co/trh7G1O6Lh
— Alpha Gamma Delta (@kualphagam) September 10, 2018
never been a prouder Alpha Gam of the Alpha Beta chapter. ❤️💚💛 https://t.co/0JAurop4bD
— jane (@janeschmid) September 10, 2018
“Being at Miss America reminded me a lot of the amazing parts of being an Alpha Gam.” said Emily. “Being surrounded by the most brilliant, determined, passionate and accomplished women was so inspiring. But the best part? They were all cheering me on and encouraging me to be the best version of myself! I could truly see our mission statement—Inspire the women, Impact the world—coming to life through my time at Miss America because I just got a feeling that the women standing on that stage were going to change the world for the better. I am so grateful I live with our Purpose close to my heart because I know it has had a hand in shaping the woman I am today.”
Although you may not be on stage at Miss America, you can still make a difference! Emily wants every Alpha Gam to know:
“If you have a voice and the courage to use it, you have the power to change the world. You won’t always be given an opportunity to impact the lives of others, so sometimes you have to have the courage to make one! You have the power, the knowledge and the sisterhood to make your own amazing impact on the world. Be courageous, be daring and believe in your abilities!”
Read more about the pageant and Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma, here.