I’ve watched this statement land in the hearts of women countless times.
As they hear this phrase, the penny starts to drop.
I've long observed a yearning in women to be visible authentically, so it feels aligned to who they really are; to let it work alongside their values and strengths. I heard it again today from a woman who said she wanted to “do visibility my own way”.
When we identify the purpose of our visibility — what problem it's solving, how it acts as a platform for what we stand for — everything changes. Those internal voices of fear, impostor syndrome, "not there yet" and "not for me" dissolve when shot through with purpose, strategy and a clear plan.
This is something Rose Falla knows about intimately. As the first indigenous magistrate in Victoria, and being instrumental to establishing the Koori Courts in that state, her role in driving change through courageous visibility is unassailable. We were so fortunate to have Rose join our panel as part of the Visibility and Influence Masterclass for women in the public sector. Rose was joined by her long-time friend and collaborator Kate Auty (incoming chair of the Environmental Protection Authority), and together they shared their experiences with more than 40 women leaders from across the public sector in Australia. Rose and Kate shocked up our notions of what it means to be visible and even a “leader”, which has different connotations in indigenous cultures.
In an amazing, closed conversation Rose and Kate shared profound insights on visibility, including:
We’ll be sharing more on what we learned from Rose and Kate in the coming time. But what they demonstrated, so clearly, was that visibility with value and purposeful action can create the shifts we all need.