WomenEd Blogs

Becoming Braver from the Inside Out
Jaya Hiranandani
10% Braver
by  Jaya Hiranandani   @mshiranandaniLast week, I opened my Twitter after a few weeks (two weeks of Spring Break followed by a week of online learning at work can do that to you) and found that I was tagged in an important post by #WomenEd about their 7th birthday celebration with some amazing people. So like any normal human, I retweeted...
The Mother of All Pay Gaps
Emma Sheppard
Gender Pay Gap
by Emma Sheppard @maternityCPD Trigger warning: this blog focuses entirely on pregnancy and motherhood, which some readers may wish to avoid. It was a day of vindication for The MTPT Project when, in November 2021, WomenEd, with ASCL, NAHT and the NGA, published their gender pay gap report. The report provided clear evidence that at all levels, the...
Conforming to Racist Structures and Systems: Learning and Working Through the Education System
Iram Khan
Diversity
by Iram Khan   @teachermrskhan I have the honour of being part of my school district's Racial Equity Advisory Committee. Part of the side effects of this work has involved us supporting our colleagues in their journeys to heal from the traumas of colonialism and racism. This has become essential work. To become better leaders we need to h...
The Sledgehammer
Rona Grant
10% Braver
by Rona Grant  @RonaGrant My thoughts on "10% Braver: Inspiring Women to lead Education" It was an unremarkable Tuesday afternoon when it made its arrival. A loud smack as it hit the tiles in an overly extravagant amount of heavy packaging, causing the dog to raise his head and growl at the rapidly retreating delivery van. I was in the middle ...
Representation Matters: The disabled workforce in our schools
Vivienne Porritt
General Blogs
by Vivienne Porritt @ViviennePorritt and Ruth Golding @LearnerLedLdrThe highlight of my decade was being honoured with an OBE in the New Year's Honours list on January 1st. Wouldn't it be great if every day feels even better than this! Most of you will know this was for the impact of #WomenEd and it was wonderful to see the community celebrate toge...
Depression - are female students more prone to mental health disorders?
Punam Mohandas
Womens Health
by Punam Mohandas  @PunamMohandas Two years ago, I had a female student who was just so contrary and sly. She complained about me to her father for no reason, who then complained to the Director of my Faculty. A few days later, the student sent me a message saying she's always mentally and emotionally disturbed around the days leading to her m...
My first #WomenEd event #IWD2022
Caitlin Bracken
Unconscious Gender Bias
by Caitlin Bracken  @CaitTeachesKind  I'll be honest, I did question why I'd sacrificed my Saturday lie-in, as I got on a train at 8.11am on March 12th.  For those thinking 'Surely you'll just have Sunday though?' you'd be wrong, I was up early again for figure skating that morning!  I'm not very good at new things, or rather, I...
Ignite and Empower #IWD2022
Lisa Hannay
Unconscious Gender Bias
by Lisa Hannay @lhannay1 By all accounts another successful International Women's Day event, this time with several WomenEd networks coming together! On Tuesday, March 8 @WomenEdCanada, @WomenEdAlberta, @WomenEdManitoba, @WomenEdBC and @WomenEdQuebec joined forces and amplified, celebrated and honored the work of women in leadership. Afte...
Be an agent of change to #BreakTheBias - #IWD2022
Kerry Jordan-Daus
Leadership
by Kerry Jordan-Daus @kerryjordandaus I considered myself a rank outsider. But I had nothing to lose. Well maybe, my pride. But still I gave it a go. I believed I could. So, I would. No, I should. When we reflect on #BreakTheBias, we are facing personal, cultural, and structural barriers to equality. Today, I am thinking about my own bias, the unco...
Supporting Miscarriages and IVF as a Leader or Colleague
Esther Mustamu-Daniels
Womens Health
By Esther Mustamu-Daniels @EstherMDanielsI had never considered the impact of a miscarriage until I had my first loss four years ago.  As I began to share my story, I realised that so many of my colleagues had experienced a loss of some kind at some point. My first three losses were missed miscarriages where I lost the baby before three months...
The Importance of Female Leadership in the Education Technology Space
Laura Bain
Leadership
By Laura Bain  @LaruBain#breakthebias #womenintech #edtech Just as we are shaped and influenced by our environment, so too are technology products as they are developed. When the teams that are developing, designing and deploying these products lack diversity, bias unavoidably creeps in. Examples of gender bias are already evident in Artificia...
Should menopause be part of HR policy in schools?
Punam Mohandas
Womens Health
By Punam Mohandas  @PunamMohandas Of late, I've been coming across some interesting discussions on Twitter among UK-based female teachers, on the subject of menopause. Clearly, it's an issue that deserves serious consideration in the workplace, among employers. Whilst pregnancy is seen as a naturally occurring condition where women deserv...
What will you do to #BreakTheBias?
Susan Bradbeer
Unconscious Gender Bias
By Sheetal Smith  @SmithSheetal Martin Luther King once said: 'If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.'  This year, for International Women's Day, women all over the globe are hoping to share, inspire and move towards a gender equal world, that is free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. I can't speak for e...
Breaking the Bias: The Rural and Urban Divide
Susan Bradbeer
Unconscious Gender Bias
By Susan Bradbeer  @sbradbeer Women who lead in rural schools are doing an extraordinary job. But they encounter bias in the form of division between rural and urban expectations. We have had enough of glass ceilings, jungle gyms, and elevators. These metaphors that the corporate world have used to try and describe the career trajectory for wo...
Splintering gender bias by asking questions
Dr Deborah Netolicky
Unconscious Gender Bias
By Dr Deborah Netolicky @debsnet Each year, International Women's Day is surrounded by questions as to why the day is needed. Yet a dig into data from any country shows that gender equity is far from a reality. Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated gender inequities, as this UN policy brief and this UN technical brief attest. There has be...
Leading in education through a pandemic - shaping a better ever-changing world
Jen McArdle
Leadership
By Jen McArdle @McArdleJen I would like to acknowledge and thank the Traditional Custodians of this land and recognise their continued connection to Country. We thank Elders past, present and emerging for sharing this land for us to live and learn on. We thank the Traditional Custodians for caring and looking after this land for thousands of genera...

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