find (one's) voice

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find (one's) voice

1. To find one's distinctive style or vision of artistic expression. I think this is your best story yet, Betsy—you've really found your voice as a writer. It takes time to find your voice, but I'm confident you'll get there by the end of our photography class.
2. To regain the ability to speak, especially after something frightening or startling has happened. It took him a minute, but Pete found his voice again after we startled him at his surprise party.
See also: find, voice

find your ˈvoice/ˈtongue

(informal) finally be able to speak after being too nervous or shy to do so: He sat silent through the first half of the meeting before he found his tongue.
See also: find, tongue, voice
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The toolkit is for teachers to use with their pupils to help them find their voices, learn about local democracy and carry out research.
"What's interesting is that I hear a lot of people saying, when talking about girls' empowerment and women as well, you'll often hear people saying, 'You're helping them find their voices,'" the Duchess of Sussex said at the Royal Foundation Forum in London in February 2018.
Alex's accident brings her into Joanie's life, and the two end up teaching one another how to find their voices again.
Singers can be given assistance to find their voices and then can join in the choir's concerts, which include the Lions Concert in June, the Concert on the Hill in July, a potential charity concert in the summer and their Town Hall concert in September.
It was important for writers to find their voices." .
A NEW course is starting next month to help inexperienced singers find their voices.
In line with the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, many youth and families find they are better able to convey their life situations and express their hopes and fears using multimedia (e.g., camcorders, voice recorders, digital cameras, PowerPoint) to find their voices in transition and IEP planning meetings.
Peace Prize winner whose relentless campaign against discrimination has enraged the mullahs for years, is urging other women to find their voices. Her newest effort is to help correct the signatures of 1 million Iranian women on a petition protesting their tack of legal, rights under Iran's interpretation of Islamic law.
we need to listen, so that others can find their voices, too.
At the core of democracy, at its foundation, people are given the right to freely find their voices and make them heard by allowing citizens to contribute to the government.
The first, 'Voices and Choices', presents six programs (in areas that include the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and Zambia) designed to provide strategies for traditionally disenfranchised minorities (children and youth, sex workers, cancer patients, those with HIV-AIDS) to recognize their human rights and to then become a participant in decisions that affect them--in other words, to find their voices and thereby make informed choices.
Feminist theology has not only helped women find their voices and recover their stories, it is calling the church to recover the feminine face of God.
Utilizing theories of the Bildungsroman, Boesenberg analyzes the novels Their Eyes Were Watching Cod, Sula, and The Color Purple by illustrating how Hurston's, Morrison's and Walker's protagonists develop a voice despite the constraints of race, class, and gender, and by demonstrating how the authors transform oral traditions into innovative "literary language." Her definition of Bildungsroman focuses "less [on] the development of a fixed identity than the emergence of voice." The Bildungsromane of these authors, then, offer a process through which the protagonists find their voices; thus, African American vernacular and folkloric genres are central to her study as sites of inspiration, community, and silencing.
My hope is that local organizations - activist networks, Americans United chapters and others - will spring up in other states, helping the oppressed and victims of Religious Right attacks find their voices. Once they do, I hope they'll take some cues from MHRN, which is creating a chorus loud enough to fill even the biggest silent spaces of Big Sky Country.
"I hear a lot of people speaking about girls' empowerment and women's empowerment you will hear people saying they are helping women find their voices. I fundamentally disagree with that because women don't need to find their voices, they need to be empowered to use it and people need to be urged to listen," she said.