Pallavi Sharda Instagram - Being a young girl and woman of colour born & brought up in Australia, I was brazen, bold yet often beaten down in unseen ways. It was the same for my mother in her various roles in the academic world (she’s a badass professor yo). I chose excellence at every turn. It was the only way to be accepted - to be good at everything with which I tasked myself. And yet, when I was entering the workforce as an adolescent, the ceilings became clear. I was always the anomaly in the room; brazen, bold AND brown was too much, it was unpalatable. When I moved to India, I was often told to keep my education quiet (the one I worked aeroplane balls to the wall for) because ‘a smart actress is a difficult one, a threatening one’. When I pushed back, I was wrist slapped and shushed. And so I did shush for a time. My spirit was dampened, my dreams felt decimated… until I found the strength to rise again. Being back in Australia my task is simply to make sure that I can be present for others in the way that no one was present for me - in those moments when merit goes out the window and bias takes over. When the system which was never designed for our success presents one of its opaque road blocks. I’m a work in progress, and the vicissitudes which have defined my journey thus far serve as lessons from which I’m constantly learning. I’m not special, I’m not unique… I simply belong to the courageous cohort comprised of all women world over. Each with their own story, their own struggle, their own gumption to push forth despite the different avatars of roadblocks attempting to get in their way. Here’s to all of us… the mothers, sisters, daughters, soldiers, speakers, homemakers, doers who constantly inspire and teach me that I’m not alone, that meaningful change is around the corner because we share in a desire for it to exist. The change that will mean that we can go from constantly pushing to simply being. #internationalwomensday is for all of us, however we identify. Today and everyday I celebrate my personal womanhood, and the global sisterhood I have found and cherish on this journey. (Ps: photo is BTS of a recent publicity shoot where I absolutely slayed)
Being a young girl and woman of colour born & brought up in Australia, I was brazen, bold yet often beaten down in unseen ways. It was the same for my mother in her various roles in the academic world (she’s a badass professor yo). I chose excellence at every turn. It was the only way to be accepted - to be good at everything with which I tasked myself. And yet, when I was entering the workforce as an adolescent, the ceilings became clear. I was always the anomaly in the room; brazen, bold AND brown was too much, it was unpalatable. When I moved to India, I was often told to keep my education quiet (the one I worked aeroplane balls to the wall for) because ‘a smart actress is a difficult one, a threatening one’. When I pushed back, I was wrist slapped and shushed. And so I did shush for a time. My spirit was dampened, my dreams felt decimated… until I found the strength to rise again. Being back in Australia my task is simply to make sure that I can be present for others in the way that no one was present for me - in those moments when merit goes out the window and bias takes over. When the system which was never designed for our success presents one of its opaque road blocks. I’m a work in progress, and the vicissitudes which have defined my journey thus far serve as lessons from which I’m constantly learning. I’m not special, I’m not unique… I simply belong to the courageous cohort comprised of all women world over. Each with their own story, their own struggle, their own gumption to push forth despite the different avatars of roadblocks attempting to get in their way. Here’s to all of us… the mothers, sisters, daughters, soldiers, speakers, homemakers, doers who constantly inspire and teach me that I’m not alone, that meaningful change is around the corner because we share in a desire for it to exist. The change that will mean that we can go from constantly pushing to simply being. #internationalwomensday is for all of us, however we identify. Today and everyday I celebrate my personal womanhood, and the global sisterhood I have found and cherish on this journey. (Ps: photo is BTS of a recent publicity shoot where I absolutely slayed)