The School of Visibility is an online school which supports women to find their voices, speak up and share their opinions, and become more visible at work and at home.
The statistics relating to women and visibility are damning. In almost every aspect of life we’re less visible than men (except of course, when it comes to opportunities to sexualise a woman’s body. Then we’re highly visible).
Our voices are also heard and valued less.
This isn’t the result of inherent biological differences between men and women. Women are not naturally less vocal than men. We’re not less intelligent. We’re not less passionate, or less interested in the future of the planet. We’re not less creative, or less competent, and we’re not less courageous. And yet these statistics persist because we live in a world where both our systems and our mindsets favour men over women, white over coloured, ably bodied over bodies with disabilities, straight over gay, cisgendered over transgendered.
Your thoughts on the worldwide problem of women and their oppression/lack of power/permission to be visible attracted me to your work. You are honest, spot on, and without gimmick. That’s so refreshing.
— Shalagh, Maryland, USA
For women to be more visible and vocal, both the systems and our mindsets have to change.
We believe that every woman on the planet has a role to play in creating that change.
To support you to play your role, The School of Visibility focuses on three key things:
- Taking small, consistent steps which increase your confidence around being seen and heard
- Dismantling oppression from the inside, out
- Knowing what you want to say and amplifying your voice.
TAKING SMALL, CONSISTENT STEPS
The most sustainable way to increase your visibility is by taking small, consistent steps to raise your profile. Whether that’s in your home life, in your work life, in your industry, on social media, or in public.
The more visible you become, the more influence you’ll have over your life. The more agency you’ll have to make decisions about the world around you. The more confident you’ll become to share your opinions and put yourself forward for opportunities.
DISMANTLING OPPRESSION FROM WITHIN
The School of Visibility can help you to dismantle the oppressive force of invisibility by shining a light on all the ways we’ve been conditioned to be accommodating, to agree with others rather than challenge them, to support in the background, to swallow our words, to follow rather than lead, and to comply with the wishes and priorities of men even when they don’t serve us.
All of this conditioning has created stories around what’s possible for you. Those stories form internal blocks. Visibility blocks. I’ll help you to release those blocks so you’re confident to speak up and be seen.
KNOWING YOUR MESSAGE AND AMPLIFYING YOUR VOICE
The School of Visibility will also support you to uncover your message and/or your story. The message or story that’s dying to be shared and which can only be shared by you.
Once you know what you’re here to share with the world, it’s time to amplify your voice. You’ll be connected with other women who are upping their visibility game and you’ll work together to amplify each other. We can’t change the world with the voice of a single woman. We must all rise and speak together.
To learn more about the background to The School of Visibility and its founder Samantha Nolan-Smith, come on over here.