The What I See Project is a global online platform that recognizes and amplifies women’s voices. Through each person’s unique and honest answer to the universal question, “What do you see when you look in the mirror?”, women from all over the world, myself included, can be empowered by relating to each other’s words.
When I was asked to be apart of the What I See Project, I was honored. I had no idea how I planned to answer the question, “What do you see when you look in the mirror?” Especially on film. But once I hit record, everything else just flowed out and came naturally. We are complex beings, so when we look in the mirror, we see all of those complexities as well. We see our insecurities, our goals, our accomplishments, our failures. For me, in that particular moment, I was taken back to when I was young and my parents would tell me I always had to work twice as hard for anything because I am a woman of color. I’ve carried that with me throughout life and it’s shaped how I navigate through the world. Even the geek world. I feel a sense of responsibility as a geek girl of color to voice any misrepresentation and underrepresentation I see in the geek sub-culture. You never know the impact one conversation, tweet or blog post can have.
I encourage you to submit your own What I See video. Since February, there’s been over 500 contributions from eleven different countries. The project aims to provide a safe environment where women can share their struggles, achievements and inner thoughts, and express themselves freely through a website that appreciates them for who they really are.
Next up in the What I See Project is the very beautiful and stylish, Callie Thorpe, at fromthecornersofthecurve.com!