My Tidda, My Sister by Marlee Silva

‘Stories of Strength and Resilience from Australia’s First Women.’

I did not know what to expect when I picked up this beautifully presented book. Marlee Silva, author and host of Tiddas4Tiddas, has brought together the experiences of several Indigenous women and girls, Rachael Sarra has surrounded the stories with colourful, vibrant artwork.

The stories are inspiring: full of hope and courage, as well as recognition of the difficult reality of life for many Indigenous people.

Two things stood out for me.  The first is the need to share the success stories.   It is the success stories that will provide the positive role models and inspire others.  The second was this reflection on Australia Day:

‘It is important to stress, though, I will still feel unable to celebrate Australia on any day, if the date change isn’t accompanied by a change in attitudes and actions.’

It is obvious, isn’t it?  So obvious that most of us have missed this critically important issue.  What are we celebrating, and why?

There are thoughts about identity and belonging, about connection to culture.  Different experiences.  And there is this perspective:

‘For a lot of women, but particularly women of colour or other minority backgrounds, imposter syndrome is something they face every day when they find success in what they do, or step out from the expectations broader society has of them.  It refers to an overwhelming sense that you don’t deserve to receive recognition or praise or to have opportunities you’ve received or be on particular platforms.’

How many of you can relate to this?

Be inspired, and don’t forget to share your success stories.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith