The School of Visibility will help you speak up, be seen and heard, and change people’s lives 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. (Attend any social gathering and it quickly becomes clear that in fact, we’re extremely vocal people!) 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 part, at the School of Visibility we teach you how to:
- See and release visibility blocks.
- Find your voice and understand your unique visibility style.
- 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 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.
FIND YOUR VOICE AND UNDERSTAND YOUR UNIQUE VISIBILITY STYLE
Here at the School of Visibility we don’t focus on visibility for visibility’s sake. Certainly there is some benefit to the mere fact of more women being more visible in the world. We don’t think that goes far enough though.
Rather, we’re interested in a particularly type of visibility; authentic visibility. Visibility that’s a true reflection of you and not a perpetuation of patriarchal ideals for what a woman should be, how she should look, and how she should sound.
We want to hear your unique voice and perspective. To see your creative self expressed in myriad ways. We want to see women defining what womanhood means to them and showing that to the world.
What we believe here at The School of Visibility is that the more authentically 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 the more likely you’ll be to put yourself forward for opportunities.
We work with women on creating a new form of leadership. One that doesn’t perpetuate unhealthy masculine principles of push, competition, and hierarchy but one 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 that the more women who can step forward and learn to lead from that place, speaking with compassion, and embodying this form of leadership, the faster we can realise the revolutionary social change that’s needed on this planet.
To learn more about the background to The School of Visibility and its founder Samantha Nolan-Smith, come on over here.