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Our Mission Statement

#WomenEd is a global grassroots movement that connects aspiring and existing women leaders in education and gives women leaders a voice in education.

Even though women dominate the workforce across all sectors of education, there are still gender and racial inequalities in terms of the numbers of women in senior leadership, the large gender pay gap and the number of women who want to stay in education yet whose requests for flexible working are not met.

Our mission is for more women in education to have the choice to progress on their leadership journey.

To achieve this, we work to remove systemic and organisational barriers to such progress and to empower and enable women to achieve their next leadership step, if they choose to progress in leadership roles.

Any income received by us, including royalties from our books, is used solely to run this website and other communication channels. No individuals or organisations directly profit from WomenEd. 

Our Journey

We began in 2015 with the aim to connect women leaders on Twitter. We are now a global movement of volunteers who;

Connect, support and empower women leaders in education

Give women a voice in education policies and practices

Work to improve the gender balance between women and men at senior leadership level

Our Values

Clarity - Acknowledge gender imbalance in education leadership

Communication - Actively seek to promote the WomenEd mission

Confidence - Take opportunities to be #10%braver

Collaboration - Enhance collaboration and sharing of experience

Connection - Connect existing and aspiring leaders and those who support them

Community - Create an inclusive and interactive community

Challenge - Highlight systemic barriers to more inclusive, diverse leadership 

Change - Collate evidence of impact on developing inclusive/diverse leadership         

What People Are Saying About Us

'...this event last year was phenomenal and changed my life…it opened doors to connections and opportunities that I had never even thought about in my little corner of the world. I loved all the sessions and am so excited for this year’s event. BOOK NOW!'

'For me it was the single most important thing I did in the last 5 years.'

Our Partners
We make a bigger difference when we collaborate with our partners, whom we wish to thank.

Our Global Strategic Leaders

Liz Free

Liz Free

Liz Free is a co-founder of #WomenEd Nederlands and Strategic Leader for #WomenEd Europe. Liz has been a teacher and head teacher in some of the world’s leading schools and is now a globally recognised leader of education talent, continuing professional development and learning. Liz was the founding Director of the International Leadership Academy, the British School in the Netherlands and is now CEO and Director of the International School Rheintal in Switzerland. 

Keziah Featherstone

Keziah Featherstone

Keziah is a co-founder and Global Strategic Leader for #WomenEd England and Book Club, a member of the Headteachers’ Roundtable, and is currently the Head at Q3 Academy Tipton, in the West Midlands. She is the co-editor of 10%braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education and Being 10%braver. Keziah writes for many education publications including TES. She is passionate about the welfare and safeguarding of young people, treating staff with respect and compassion and is a strong believer in getting the job done.

Vivienne Porritt

Vivienne Porritt

Joyously, Vivienne Porritt OBE is Co-founder and Global Strategic Leader of #WomenEd, a global charity which empowers aspiring and existing women leaders in education.

Vivienne supports school and trust leaders with vision, strategy, professional learning and development, impact evaluation and DEIJ.  She is a Vice President of the Chartered College of Teaching and holds several governance roles.

Vivienne is a former secondary headteacher and Director for School Partnerships at University College London Institute of Education. She writes for practitioner and academic journals and is co-editor of 10%Braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education (Sage, 2019) and Being 10%Braver (Corwin, 2021).

Parm Plummer

Parm Plummer

Parm has over 25 years' experience in a range of settings. She the GSL for the networks #WomenEd Jersey, Guernsey, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales. She is Assistant Headteacher at Victoria College Jersey. 

Lisa Hannay

Lisa Hannay

Lisa is GSL for #WomenEd Canada & USA. Connecting women in Canada to grow as leaders in education

Natasha Hilton

Natasha Hilton

Head of Primary at Park House English School and GSL for #WomenEd Malaysia, MENA, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand.

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