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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...

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