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Expanding Your "Publicness"

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

Inspired by Charlotte Maxeke

"The very idea of politically-involved women is premised on a particular kind of publicness”.

Athambile Masola (2019)

People tend to promote and pay those who possess a particular level of public exposure. As a woman seeking to lead, you must somehow become known, gain credibility and attain a certain level of "publicness" (delicious word – thanks Athambile) - even if this is not something you desire or are comfortable with. Gaining this kind of influence is a challenging process, which does not always come naturally to women. Historically the odds were stacked against us. Whether intentionally or not, men had the podiums and they often actively or passively kept or pushed us off them.