The School of Visibility will help you speak up, be seen and heard, empower other women, and change the world for good.
Why might you need help with speaking up? Well sister, the odds are stacked against us both I’m afraid. In fact, the statistics relating to women and visibility are appalling. 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 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
At the School of Visibility we believe that women are needed to create a new world paradigm. One which:
- celebrates diversity and benefits all
- has a very different understanding of what leadership looks like and how to nurture it
- values equality and puts the needs of women and children at the heart of public discourse and resource allocation, and
- encourages collaboration, understands the importance of rest, and celebrates intuitive wisdom.
For women to lead the world into this new paradigm, we need to be more visible and vocal about creating change.
We also need to break down old conditioning to ensure that our methods of empowering other women are not patriarchal in nature, but are instead, informed by the wisdom of the feminine.
To support you to play your part in creating that change, at the School of Visibility we teach you how to:
- See and release visibility blocks.
- Free yourself from patriarchal thinking and doing.
- Lead differently (like a woman, informed by feminine values and principles).
- See and release visibility blocks.
SEE AND RELEASE VISIBILITY BLOCKS
Visibility blocks are inner blocks. Ways of thinking and seeing the world that stop women from asking for the sale or the raise, sharing your opinion, pitching yourself to a television network, agent, or podcaster.
The blocks arise from the experiences we have in the world both as individuals and as a result of living in societies that favours a white, patriarchal, homophobic, ableist, and classist world view.
Some of the ways these blocks show are are; we become overly accommodating, we agree with others rather than challenge them, we support in the background, swallow our words, follow rather than lead, and comply with the wishes and priorities of people who experience more privilege than us, even when doing so doesn’t serve us.
FREE YOURSELF FROM PATRIARCHAL THINKING AND DOING
In almost every aspect of life women are heard less than men and we are seen only in very specific ways; as sexualised objects of the male gaze.
This deeply impacts on our experiences in the world. It affects the way we think about ourselves and the way men perceive us. It affects what we believe is possible in our lives, how much we earn, how creatively and intellectually fulfilled we are, and the kind of jobs and career opportunities we put ourselves forward for.
At the School of Visibility we’ll teach you how to break down patriarchal thinking – a way of thinking that’s over 4,500 years old and deeply entrenched in our conscious and unconscious psyches. We’ll also support you to change patriarchal doing – a way of behaving that leaves women exhausted, burned out, feeling isolated, steeped in a competitive mindset, experiencing unnecessary levels of scarcity, and disconnected from their bodies.
When you transform your behaviour from a patriarchal way of being to one that’s informed by an integration of healthy masculine and feminine values, you start to operate more effectively and efficiently. You’re more joyful and creative. You rest more and you achieve more. Most of all, you’re more deeply connected to yourself, to your inner wisdom, to the people around you, and to your purpose in life.
We support women to embody a new form of leadership. One that doesn’t perpetuate unhealthy masculine principles of push, competition, and hierarchy but which understands the power of surrender and allowing, which embraces bodily wisdom, and which understands the necessity for collaboration (a.k.a. feminine values and principles).
We believe it’s vitally important – if you feel called to support and work with women – that you do so from this place. Other forms of leadership – models that perpetuate unhealthy masculine ways of working and living – are not empowering to women at all and in fact, are extremely harmful.
At The School of Visibility we have a vision that by 2030, 1 million women will have stepped forward to embody this new form of leadership and contributing to the revolutionary social change that’s desperately needed on this planet.
If this is your first visit, start here. You’ll find loads of resources plus information about who we work with and our mission to change the world!
To learn more about the background to The School of Visibility and its founder Samantha Nolan-Smith, come on over here.