How You Can Support Indigenous Women This International Women's Day

"Listen to learn, not to respond."

ICYMI, this Sunday the 8th of March is International Women’s Day. It’s a day to recognise and appreciate the women around us but – as the name suggests – it’s just as much a day to support and lift up all women around the world, including Indigenous women. 

Tiddas4Tiddas is a social media initiative and podcast empowering Indigenous women by telling their stories and helping them know their worth. 

The GOAT team was lucky enough to speak to Tiddas4Tiddas founder Marlee Silva on the latest ep of It’s Been A Big Day For… about the challenges and pressure Indigenous women face in Australia and how we can support women not just on International Women’s Day, but all year round. 

Listen to our chat with Silva on It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

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“Tidda is an Aboriginal slang word that we use on the East Coast and it means sister,” Silva explained. “It’s something I grew up calling every Aboriginal girl in my life, regardless of whether I was related to them or not.”

“It’s all about supporting each other and cheering each other, and it’s for all women.”

When asked about the hurdles young Indigenous women are facing, Silva said, “There’s still massive challenges around the expectations that other people have of Indigenous women. I used to work in high schools with young girls and you’re not expected to achieve much. The bar is set very low – it’s a miracle if you finish Year 12. That’s the attitude, but it’s not the case.”

Silva also shared her advice on how to show support. “I think it’s about not being afraid to be vulnerable, to drop your ego and be honest about where you’re at in your relationship with Indigenous Australia. We’re all on different journeys and there’s nothing wrong with not knowing but there’s something wrong with not knowing and not trying to do better, or know more.”

“When you are listening, or stopping to listen to Aboriginal voices, listen to learn, not to respond. Quite often, people slide into your DMs with a loaded question that you know is backed up by a very well-rehearsed debate about ‘why you’re wrong and I’m right.’ Because we’ve been so absent from so many conversations for over 250 years it is about us retelling our truths and our history and reclaiming that.”

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I can’t even put into words how I feel this morning after last nights #QandA episode. I don’t know if I’ve ever been so nervous. But I was able to make it through once I stopped to remember why I was there and who I was doing it for – I remembered my nan and aunties who’ve come before me and given me my voice, I remembered my Dad who gave me my fire in my gut and I remembered all of you who are why we have been given this incredible journey. I’m so proud to call each of you my sisters and to be leading into tomorrow with more and more optimism and strength. I feel so reflective and proud of my own growth and the growing meaning this online community has for our next generation of Tiddas that I wanted to share the story I wrote for this months #tiddas4tiddas newsletter…these three sister girls came up to me in QLD at the NRL All Stars game, when they asked me if I was Marlee Silva "from Tiddas 4 Tiddas?" I laughed and confirmed that's me, to which they proceeded to tell me how much they love the page and how awesome all the stories we share and capture are and what they mean to them. I told them I was an All Stars Youth Summit kid back in the day, just as they were now and I was thrilled more of our young ones were getting the opportunity to do it still today. You can't overstate the power of having likeminded young ones in the same room, that week I went on at 15 was fundamental in shaping who I've grown into as an adult and having things come full circle like this was surreal and admittedly, extremely emotional. I got a pic with the girls and hugged them goodbye before rushing back to my seat and fumbling to get my sunglasses back on before they could tell I was crying. I feel like the weight of my own growth combined with the memories of how tough it was for me at 15 and the immense pride in being told what you pour yourself into every day, really is having an impact, just became too much for me. I feel so privileged to be in this position and I guess I wanted to write this to emphasise how much this all means and how much each of you mean. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of it ??❤️

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It’s so important we continue to educate ourselves, appreciate and respect the Aboriginal land we live on, and listen to the stories of others, especially this International Women’s Day. You can follow Tiddas4Tiddas on Instagram or listen to the Tiddas4Tiddas podcast for more incredible and inspiring content. 

Badass Women We Need To Remember In 2020: Fanny Cochrane Smith

She was the last fluent speaker of the Tasmanian language.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned that the following article contains images of deceased persons.

This Sunday, the 8th of March is International Women’s Day. It’s a day celebrated all over the world when all women are recognised for their achievements – both great and small. 

Speaking of IWD, listen to the GOAT team chat to Sandra Sully about the importance of using your voice on It’s Been A Big Day For…below:

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While there are countless women both here, and overseas, that are at the forefront of improving gender equality and fighting against sexual discrimination and injustice, there are just as many trailblazers who have sadly passed away.

These women paved the way and smashed glass ceilings for generations to come and deserve just as much recognition this International Women’s Day.

One of those people is Fanny Cochrane Smith, a proud Aboriginal woman who is widely considered to be the last surviving fluent speaker of the Tasmanian language.

According to Amnesty International, Fanny Cochrane Smith was taken away from her parents at just five years old and orphaned at the Queen’s Orphanage in Hobart. She spent her childhood in domestic service, but once she gained her freedom it reportedly became apparent that she had “an entrepreneurial flair.”

After settling in Nicholls Rivulet with her husband William Smith, the ABC reports that Cochrane Smith “became an esteemed community member and a trailblazer for her people.”

Between 1899 and 1903, recordings of Fanny Cochrane Smith singing and speaking in the Tasmanian Aboriginal Language were made on wax cylinders and preserved through TMAG. They have since been officially inscribed on UNESCO’s Australian Memory of the World Register at a ceremony in Canberra. 

“She was a strong woman, a woman who stood up and spoke about what was going on,” Fanny’s descendant, Palawa elder Rodney Dillon told ABC. “Bearing in mind she would have known of the atrocities of the things that happened in the past to her families… She was singing about what was important to her as an Aboriginal person.”

Amnesty International describes Fanny Cochrane Smith as “an influential matriarch for her family members who maintain those traditions to this day.”

Fannny Cochrane Smith passed away on the 24th of February 1905 at 70 years old, but the legacy she leaves behind for Indigenous people, and Indigenous females in particular, will always be respected and remembered.

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The Badass Ladies Crafting Your New Fave Beer Aren't Here For Gender Tropes

It's no longer just the working man's beverage of choice.

Ahhh, beer. It’s cold, refreshing and God, does it taste good. But since the dawn of time, it’s been considered the ‘working mans’ beverage of choice and has therefore left the ladies out in the cold – until now.

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2020 is the year beer becomes the working woman’s drink, and the female brewers at Young Henrys are at the forefront of that.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, this Sunday the 8th of March, Young Henrys is releasing ‘FREE THE NEIPA,’ a hazy, complex, citrusy New England IPA exclusively brewed, bottled and brought to us exclusively by ladies as part of the brewery’s B-Side series. Oh, and 10% of the proceeds of the beer go to Too Good Co, a social enterprise that supports and employs vulnerable women. 

Carla Daunton, one of the Young Henrys brewers behind FREE THE NEIPA appeared on the latest episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…to twist the lid on all this lady beer business and it’s safe to say, our thirsts were well and truly quenched.

Listen to the latest ep of It’s Been A Big Day For…below:

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Speaking about the age-old stereotype that beer is a ‘man’s drink,’ Carla said, “The fact that women weren’t allowed in bars in Queensland to drink with the men until the ‘70s might have something to do with it… the industrial revolution might have something to do with it.”

“It was originally women that were brewing beer,” Daunton revealed. “It was women’s work. You make the bread – you’ve got the yeast, you’ve got the bread water, you make the beer.”

Ladies Beer
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During our chat with Daunton, she also spoke about taste-testing beer at 6am, where to begin if you’re a beer novice, the supportive brew crew at Young Henrys and how craft beer has become more accessible to the masses because of the changing culture of drinking

Young Henrys’ FREE THE NEIPA launches nationwide on Friday March 6th so make sure you give it a taste, get some good karma and support the sisterhood in the process. 

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