Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice

Friday 26 April

I am inspired this week to write about the importance of our girls finding their voice, following a St Hilda’s parent Facebook post highlighting the power of words and its ability to both influence and inspire.

The more I get to know this generation of St Hilda’s girls, the more I am convinced that their enthusiasm, passion and desire to change their communities for better, will result in positive sustainable change in our world.

Finding their voice is important. All of our girls have something to contribute whether they are in Junior Kindergarten or Year 12. Our girls are never too young to express their views, thoughts and feelings. I am reminded of this every time I attend a Junior School Assembly where our young girls’ voices resonate in a powerful and meaningful way exploring a variety of global themes.

Finding your voice and using it for good, doesn’t stop at our school gates.

Zoe Timms (Old Scholar 2010) is an Associate Lawyer at the Supreme Court. She featured recently in a local paper under the captive title ‘Sexist Footy Song Booted.’ Last year Zoe joined the new women’s team at the University Football Club. She found her voice after hearing the long standing Football Club Song and its antiquated lyrics and knew she needed to make a change.

Despite the challenges of leading change in a football club environment, Zoe’s determination shone through. She used her voice to rally the support of the Club’s President to revise the club song to give it a more modern context. Her voice was one that made a difference.

Thank you Zoe for being brave and questioning the status quo when you experienced first-hand something that didn’t sit quite right. We have opportunities, every day in our lives, to challenge things. Our girls’ voices can be used against injustice, inequity, wrong doing, when something is deemed to be unfair or to help someone, both locally and globally.

It takes one person, one moment, one cause, to start a ripple of change. I encouraged all of our girls to find their voice when sharing this story at Principal’s Assembly this week. It is never too late to embrace opportunities to stand up and speak out when they see, hear or witness something that is not quite right. They should never underestimate the impact that they can have as young educated women.

We are all incredibly privileged to have a voice. Other women and girls globally don’t have that luxury. We can be the voice of those who don’t have a voice. Start small and start locally. Who knows where their ripple may take them…..