For months we discussed the lack of diversity, the overwhelming share of voice held by white men and we wondered how we could improve the quality of stories told, fix the blatant inequality and help women take the stage.
Co-founded by Susie, Lou, David and Vic, Brazen is a platform for women to tell their stories in a safe space, without interruption.
We’ve iterated on many models. Originally we focused on video but are now starting as a podcast to make Brazen even more accessible – many women don’t want to be filmed sharing their raw, intimate life events. And we don’t want any barriers for women to share their stories. And so if their story needs to be written rather than spoken we will share it that way.
At Brazen, we don’t shy away from real issues women face. Women from all walks of life have something to say whether its’ emotional, political or just a great story.
What you will get from Brazen is a guarantee to only hear women’s voices unlike other media, platforms, websites or on the stage.
Dave had his own mortifying experience recently when he found himself speaking on a Dave “Manel” – a speaking panel not only containing all men, but all men called Dave. This was a confronting event for Dave who prides himself on favouring diversity, and we’ve all joked about the Dave Manel but actually it’s no joke. There are women involved in every facet of life and there are literally no excuses for exclusion.
As we all know you can’t be what you can’t see – and only seeing Daves’ on boards, on TV, and on stage is a sure-fire way to lock women out. Many women experience issues differently from men so it’s important for women to hear from others – whether it’s succeeding in a male dominated territory, racial equality, or being judged on your appearance – our goal is to embrace, celebrate and share diverse stories told by women from every strata in life.
As a listener of Brazen, you will see and hear from women, and only women.
Brazen isn’t about excluding men from the conversation, in fact our goal is that everybody from across the spectrum will listen, read, watch and learn.
One of our co-founders is a man, so everyone with a fragile male ego can rest easy – you are represented too. Brazen is for everyone.