Series 2 Episode 9: When have you been underestimated?


Emma White (she/her)
Health Promotion Worker

Think it’s easy when you have opinions and thoughts about the world and you really try to advocate for something that there’s always going to be someone in the room who thinks you’re just hot headed, and who makes you feel like you don’t have what it really takes to back that up. But I try to remind myself that I do have something to back it up, and I might still be learning but that doesn’t mean what I have to say isn’t important.

Lev Lu (he/him)
Mental health worker & digital content creator

The biggest enemy for me is me. I underestimate myself the most, and people believe in me, so yeah, I’d say I’m the worst critic.

Carly Findlay Oam (she/her)
Writer, speaker and appearance activist

When I worked in the government I felt like I would go for jobs which I was qualified for or had experience in, and I would always get “Oh you don’t have enough experience.” I could feel that they were discriminating against me, but not saying that. I was the opening speaker for Julia Gillard and then to go back to the office and I had to help people that were like double my wage stuffing envelopes and I just thought, I can’t. I wasn’t really able to have a voice there, and so that was the turning point and having to make a choice of you know, quitting government work and doing my own stuff.